viburnum before a coromandel screen by john funt, 2023 (47" x 38")

Viburnum Before a Coromandel Screen by John Funt, 2023 (47" x 38")



Framed dimensions are 47.25" H x 38" W

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This is an original, one-of-a-kind painting by Norfolk, Connecticut-based artist John Funt entitled Viburnum Before a Coromandel Screen, 2023.

Framed dimensions are 47.25" H x 38" W

Oil on Panel

Artist Statement:

"This plant survived a freak late season snow and freeze. When I brought its branches into the studio later in the season it provided the right pure white I wanted to play against an imagined lacquer screen. This is my interpretation of the beloved Chinoiserie scenery—little garden houses, umbrella-ed figures and delicious mixtures of black, cordovan and umber.

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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