Flora and Fauna

Angelique de Folin  Harumi Klossowska de Rola  

Lydia Gifford

Lydia Gifford  

Hypnagogia

Maria Thurn und Taxis  

Le Ravissement des Couleurs

Pierre Lesieur  

Visual Vertigo

Anton Alvarez  

Havana

Leandro Feal  

Laesae Majestatis

Egle Jauncems  

The Weather in Russia is Fine

Kjetil Berge  

Tropicana

Anton Alvarez  Jonathan Trayte  

Of Things Long Forgotten

Radhika Khimji  Anne Roger Lacan  

The Beast Within

Maria Thurn und Taxis  

Nomansland

Antony Easton  

Seven Days of Luck

Michel Pérez Pollo  

Electric Dreams

Ching-yuk Jade Ng  Madeleine Roger-Lacan  Faye Wei Wei  

Transition

Angelique de Folin  

Kookoo

James Franco  

9 Times the Modern Man and Moon

Alasdair McLuckie  

Spring Awakenings - Frühlingserwachen

Dean Adams  

Strange I've Seen That Face Before.....

Caroline Achaintre  Anne Roger Lacan  

Fat Squirrel

James Franco  

In Praise of Shadows

Barnaby Hosking  

Wrapper's Delight

Anton Alvarez  

Weight and Measure

Martin Creed  Jose Dávila  Richard Long  Pedro Cabrita Reis  Fredrik Vaerslev  Jeff Wall  

The Cosmic Artisan

Elena Bajo  Dieter Hammer  Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh  Gregory Polony  Artie Vierkant  

Spazio Luce

Alberto Di Fabio  

Abstract Thoughts

James White  

Transition

Angelique de Folin

May 27th - Jun 25th 2016
Siegfried contemporary Private showroom, 16 Bassett Road, London W106JJ

Four years have elapsed since Angelique de Folin’s last exhibition. Since that time, she has completed 15 new works of art, delicate watercolours of plants and fruits brushed with extraordinary refinement onto slim slices of vellum (calf-skin parchment) in a technique with a rich artistic history but which, in our modern times, has become more or less obsolete. One vellum factory remains in business in the United Kingdom and its survival depends upon Parliament’s willingness to maintain the long and expensive tradition of printing copies of its legislation on these small and precious sheets. As long as Parliament defers a decision to implement a cheaper solution and replace vellum with paper, Folin’s supply, and therefore her art, will be assured but it’s a precarious situation.

“Besides her work for this exhibition, one other factor has occupied her focus in recent seasons. Some of Folin’s work had previously been selected for the Highgrove Florilegium, a lavish editioned publication documenting the plant life of HRH The Prince of Wales’ celebrated Gloucestershire garden.

“More recently, Folin’s work has been selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.

“However this princely venture may turn out to mark a conclusion, or at least an interregnum, in Folin’s long admired practice.”

To be sure, the new exhibition features exquisite portraits of a pear and a pineapple and a quince and a particularly delightful nutmeg composition in which the fruit is depicted in three successive stages of its evolution. But there is a new feature which appears to mark a turning point in her art. A large leaf, no longer a recognisable specimen, slips into the corner of the vellum sheet and is truncated by its margins. It’s a bold compositional device and unexpected from one of the most precisely accurate flora artists of our times.

Even more unusual, and admirable, are two studies of bark peeling away from the stem of a sapling. No longer is the tree’s skin the subject of the work. Instead, it is the act of the skin shedding and revealing something about the specimen at its core as it does so. It’s too early to hail Folin as an early 21st Century follower of Egon Schiele but these are the most revelatory works of her career and speak of an artist who wants to say something about herself as much as the nature which has inspired her career.

Text by Roger Bevan

For more information on the artist visit her website: here

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Angelique de Folin


INSTALLATION VIEW

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Angelique de Folin

Untitled (Tamarillio)
watercolour on vellum
37.4 x 37 cm
19.5 x 19.5 cm (unframed)

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Angelique de Folin

Untitled (Asparagus)
watercolour on vellum

Kookoo

James Franco