LOUIS TURPIN ‘A Passion for Gardens’
Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames 14th Sept – 12th Oct 2013
KEY FEATURES OF EXHIBITION:
• Exhibition Catalogue introduction by
Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter
• Turpin’s new paintings focus on Dan
Pearson’s commissions, the allotments
at Sissinghurst, Great Dixter borders
and other important British gardens
including Agnes Burton and Kew.
• All paintings are available for sale.
• Fully illustrated catalogue available.
Renowned horticultural artist, Louis Turpin, returns to Bohun Gallery with a triumphant celebration of
some of England’s greatest and most enduring gardens. His broad brushstrokes and vivid use of
colour capture the essence of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Kew and Burton Agnes, among others. This
is an opportunity for both art collectors and garden enthusiasts to revel in the spirit of these glorious
gardens which Turpin brings to life.
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. 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’.
Louis Turpin has also enjoyed the rare opportunity to paint some of Dan Pearson’s privately
commissioned gardens, rarely 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.
Louis Turpin has received international recognition for his horticultural 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 Rye, Sussex and is available for
private commissions. Please contact Bohun Gallery for more information.
Please contact Katie Newman at email@example.com or 01491 576 228 for more details and
further images and a copy of the fully illustrated exhibition catalogue.