Published: 10 September 2013
Louis Turpin
In an exhibition which celebrates some of the most important gardens in the British Isles, Louis Turpin articulates the passion and achievements of some of the greatest garden designers of our time.
Long Border, Great Dixter.
His new paintings focus on garden designer Dam Pearson’s commissions, the allotments at Sissinghurst, Great Dixter borders and other important British gardens including Agnes Burton and RBG Kew.
 
Turpin’s broad brushstrokes and vivid use of colour capture the essence of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Kew and Burton Agnes, among others. The artist has also enjoyed the rare invitation to paint some of Dan Pearson’s privately commissioned gardens, seldom seen by the public. 
 
Turpin revisits Sissinghurst, the very place which set him on his successful career as a garden artist. However, rather than portraying its architecturally designed garden ‘rooms’, or Vita Sackville West’s vibrant planting schemes,  it is the new allotments which have caught his imagination at this National Trust property. 

Another remarkable garden which Turpin brings to life on canvas is Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter. The planting schemes sent shock waves through the horticultural world with a love of the exotic and Lloyd’s bold experimentation with planting schemes.

Long Border, Newby Hall.

 Louis Turpin’s sensitivity and understanding of this flamboyant garden result in paintings which bring the floral tapestries alive on the canvas and his visual awareness captures the very essence of this corner of England. In the exhibition catalogue introduction, written by the great plantsman Fergus Garrett, it comments ‘His observations are acute, and his love for flowers and the countryside beyond are a celebration of floral opulence’. 

The Topiary Garden, Great Dixter.
Cornish Light, Trebah.
Louis Turpin has also enjoyed the rare opportunity to paint some of Dan Pearson’s privately commissioned gardens, seldom seen by the public. Pearson’s skills and importance as one of the UK’s leading garden designers has been recognised through a celebration of his achievements at the Garden Museum, London (until 20th October). The paintings of Pearson’s designs form a major part of this extensive exhibition at Bohun Gallery. All paintings will be for sale.
 
Louis Turpin has received international recognition for his garden paintings. His paintings feature in many public and private collections. He has received important commissions including a recent project to depict the gardens at Glyndebourne and was shortlisted for the National Portrait Award at the National Gallery in 1986. He works from his studio in Sussex and is available for private commissions. 
 
For more information about the exhibition and the artist, please contact the Bohun Gallery. Their web address is: www.bohungallery.co.uk  or email: art@bohungallery.com.

Details provided by Bohun Gallery.
Reported by Chris Allen  
   
 

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