A DELIGHTFUL summer exhibition entitled Beauty is the Garden opens at Long and Ryle in London. Featuring the painting and sculpture of 26 artists, the show is inspired by a poem by the 12th century Persian poet, Rumi,
Beauty is the Garden
scent of roses, murmuring water
Can words describe the indescribable?
The scholar produced a remarkable legacy of almost 70,000 impassioned works following a family tragedy.
Katherine Morling’s Fresh Cut, a delicately worked sculptural piece in fine porcelain is reminiscent of the pleasure derived from visiting a relative’s garden. Perhaps a gift on parting company, roses are packed hastily between the contents of a bulging satchel. Contrasted by black satin, the porcelain’s ghostly pallor imparts a funereal quality, perhaps in empathy with the poet’s sad experiences.
The stillness of David Inshaw’s formalised garden evokes a sense of occasion or expectancy, underlining Rumi’s empathy with everyday life. The spontaneous and illusory quality of the poet’s words is captured beautifully by Ian Bliss. A magical scene, his swaying flower forms and clandestine lovers are the essence of garden dreams.
By Miranda Charalambous
The exhibition is at Long and Ryle until July 29, 2016
Long and Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, London Sw1P 4PX
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7834 1434
Front page image:
David Inshaw, Garden I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 51 x 51 cm. Photograph: the artist and Long and Ryle, London