Hans Heysen (1877 – 1968)
Spring Flowers, 1932
Oil on canvas
Presented by Elise Clabburn, 1989

Forever Spring: The Art of Flowers

28 September – 14 November 2021

Guest Curator & Hamilton local, Katherine McDonald has selected this collection exhibition to explore Oriental and Western flower images from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first-century, covering ceramic, glass, metalwork, painting, print and textile traditions.

In these delightful flowery realms it is ‘forever spring’.

Set against richly hued wall zones, the diverse works make up eight flower-named arrangements. These ‘hybrid flower gardens’ demonstrate the flow of exchange within and between cultures and reveal the importance of the flower as a potent symbol and model of beauty and refinement.

McDonald’s experience as an art historian and curator, gardener and artist have allowed her to draw on horticultural, aesthetic and art historical knowledge for an uncommon exhibition result.

“It has been a privilege to work with such a fine collection. Its wonderful depth and breadth has allowed me to present a sweeping view of flower depictions over the last five hundred years in Japanese, Chinese, Australian and European cultures.”

Discover this colourful, inspiring collection exhibition alongside the Hamilton Gallery’s 60th Anniversary Exhibition: HG:60.

Exhibition entry is free, with the Gallery open 7 days.

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