April 6 - 27, 2013
123 Douglas Street
New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
“Floral,” a body of new work by John Wilton, is like a ride in a convertible with the top down. An extravagant display of tropical flowers, it is visually exciting and viscerally inspiring. Big flowers. Brilliant colors. Standing in the center of the gallery, surrounded by the magnificent color, it is easy to understand John’s fascination with tropical flora. You are welcome to enjoy the ride with “Floral”, at Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, April 6-27, 2013.
In Wilton’s earlier works, flowers were often incorporated into motifs and background images. But in “Floral”, his buds are in full bloom - the stars of these large format works, some of which are painted directly on polymer board, some painted on paper applied to the polymer board, creating a translucent watercolor effect. His iconic digitally manipulated prints that span as much as eight feet share center stage with the hand-painted works.
To say that John Wilton painted flowers is like saying Lewis Carroll gave Alice a bunny! There is nothing average about these flowers. In fact, I think you’ll really enjoy this little tumble down the rabbit hole. “Floral” runs through April 27, 2013 at Arts on Douglas, 386-428-1133. There is an Artist Talk on Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am. Admission is free to the gallery and the Artist Talk.
by Fern Matthews
Fern Mathews is a mixed media artist recognized for her textural work and use of color. Matthews’ work is included in both public and private art collections throughout the country and The Caribbean, and shows in New York and New Orleans.