A vase of flowers is a timeless creative subject that has inspired some of the most well-known masterpieces. Perhaps the most notable of these are Vincent van Gogh’s iconic sunflower paintings. With their cheerful yellow color and wavy petals, these flowers seem to have a personality of their own. Oregon-based painter Erin Hanson celebrates the beautiful sunflower and flower painting tradition in her latest series of Open-Impressionist works.
The Sunflower Collection “includes paintings of cut flowers in vases, wildflower blooms, and cultivated fields of sunflowers.” Hanson explores the organic shapes of sunflowers through the lens of his expressive painting style. She applies thick brushstrokes to the canvas, rendering the petals, leaves and stems with a variety of fascinating textures. Additionally, the bouquets are placed against vibrant backgrounds such as cerulean tiles and red walls, highlighting the luster of these incredible plants.
“Hanson has been an avid fan of Impressionism since a young age and experimented with Van Gogh’s painting Iris in person and discovered that a painting could be even more colorful than nature,” his gallery tells My Modern Met. Instead of depicting the flowers exactly as she sees them, Hanson enhances their appearance in unexpected and breathtaking ways. Open Impressionism – the art movement pioneered by Hanson – is a modern version of the style that uses impasto paint strokes without layering.
You can purchase original paintings and prints available from The Sunflower Collection via Hanson’s website. There will be a collection reception at the Erin Hanson Gallery in McMinnville, Oregon on Saturday, June 25 from 2-6 p.m.
Oregon-based artist Erin Hanson celebrates the beauty of sunflowers in her latest series of paintings.
The Sunflower Collection is inspired by the iconic flower as well as other flowers.
Hanson, who pioneered the style of open impressionism, remembers famous flower paintings by well-known artists like Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.