Siegfried Contemporary is delighted to present “Flora and Fauna”, a two person exhibition by Angelique de Folin and Harumi Klossowska de Rola.
The idea of bringing these two artists together derives from Andreas Siegfried’s passion for nature, a passion that he has since his early childhood. Growing up in the Swiss countryside with abundant vegetation and a rich ecosystem, has marked his character. Whilst living in London, Andreas tried to recreate this memory in his garden which has become his true passion and sanctuary, as well as surrounding himself with compelling artworks and artists.
Angélique de Folin’s passion for nature, has established her as a vellum-based painting expert, using the animal skin material as her base. For this exhibition Angelique de Folin has produced ten works on velum, featuring vegetative and floral biospheres with the studies of plants, fruits, fungus and her interpretation of trees bark. Her works are detailed and thorough creating a striking realistic depiction of the nature surrounding us and making her one of the most accurate flora artists of our time. This exhibition is the first for Angelique since her last one with Siegfried Contemporary in 2016, and her earlier 2006 exhibition at the Museum of Garden History. Her work has been collected widely. One other factor has occupied her focus in recent seasons. Some of Folin’s work has been selected for inclusion in, first the Highgrove Florilegium, depicting the flora of Highgrove, and more recently for the Transylvania Florilegium, being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales’s Foundation Romania, to record in a permanent way the Flora of Transylvania.
In comparison, Harumi Klossowska de Rola creates exceptional pieces ranging from fine jewellery to sculptural designs representing totemic animal themed pieces, and the fauna ecosystem. Harumi’s determination through her artworks is to reconnect the forgotten link between animals and humans for the sake of nature. Her creations have a life of their own and are extremely detailed and unique as they are all handmade by mixing materials such as gold with horns or bronze with woods. Executed by craftsmen using traditional and nearly forgotten techniques, such as “métal repoussé” her works in “Flora and Fauna” features varied animalistic shaped objects. For instance, among other pieces, she has created a feline cat ring, and lioness bench, dragonflies’ earrings, butterfly earrings, a rhinoceros ring, and a stephanoatue coronatus ring. Hence, the natural world with its rare or nearly endangered species are strongly embedded in this exhibition. Harumi Klossowska de Rola’s works have been exhibited and sold across the world and makes part of some very important collections such as the late Karl Lagerfeld or Oliver Berggruen collection, amongst many others. In the past, Harumi has worked with some of the most well-respected individuals in the art, design and fashion industries, including John Galliano, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Boucheron and Chopard to name a few.