306 East 61st Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10065
This is an original, one-of-a-kind painting by Norfolk, Connecticut-based artist John Funt entitled Father Hugo Rose, 2023.
Framed dimensions are 62.25” H x 57” W
Oil on Panel
"Most gardeners have a top ten list of favorite plants: some nurture a childhood memory, others renew faith in the coming of Spring. This rose does both of those for me. It is a not a fancy hybrid. Clear, butter yellow buds open to single blossoms in early May when frosts and winds threaten other plants, but not Father Hugo. Fern-like leaves and red prickly stems are a lovely foil for the shower of blooms. I painted its portrait against a lavender gray sky in a flask atop a Chinese garden stool.
These paintings are inspired by my greenhouse and garden, primarily, and celebrate the palette I see in the plant world accentuated by each season. I literally divide my time between the studio and the adjoining greenhouse and garden—both provide a needed refuge. I will take a plant cutting to the easel and paint/study it. I celebrate patterns in leaves, petals, textiles and happily disappear into the process!
I find the use of vintage frames adds a collage element. So often a painting is a simplification of ideas. For me it is a process of editing and as such requires an initial complexity of color and detail which is painted over or refined. I seem to never tire of the simple forms of flower pots and vases and the elegance of leaves: green has always been the anchor."
Vintage wood frames collected for their unique beauty are chosen by the artist specifically for each new painting.
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