Description & Technical information

Much of Carolyn Sergeant’s source material – the flowers, leaves and twigs that she paints so carefully and with such sensitivity – were gathered on walks through the Welsh valley around her home. Taken back to her studio, they were then painted, always life-size, on boards previously prepared with earth or sky tones.

As one writer has commented of the artist, ‘Hers is an art that conceals art; her apparently simple transcriptions of nature are, one senses, the result of extreme self-discipline…she achieves a compelling intensity that enables us to perceive the true nature and beauty of her subjects, however humble the plant. Her objective is not scientific, rather it is the realisation of true plant portraiture, in which her instinct for recognising and defining each plant’s idiosyncrasies of structure and habit are fully expressed. One is aware also of a sense of pure delight in recording the often less obvious charms of ordinary plants…Most striking, perhaps, is Carolyn Sergeant’s innate sense of design, her mise-en-page, every flower or leaf so precisely placed that we look at each one with individual attention as if examining a precious jewel…Carolyn Sergeant accepts nature as she finds it, with its mixture of severity and tenderness, and allows us to share her particular vision.’

Medium: Oil and red ink on board
Signature: Signed with initials and dated CS.’02. at the lower right.
Signed, dated and titled Carolyn Sergeant. / January 2002. / Holly. on the reverse.

Dimensions: 20.2 x 24.8 cm (8 x 9³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Sir Jack Baer & Co. and The Fine Art Society, London, in 2003
Colin Clark, London
Thence by descent. 

Literature: London, The Fine Art Society, Carolyn Sergeant. Recent Paintings: ‘the harvest of a quiet eye’, 2003, no.7.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints