Anonymous Leaf III
Signed with initials and dated CB 20/18 at the lower centre.
153 x 230 mm. (6 x 9 1/8 in.)
As the artist has noted, ‘[the] Anonymous Leaf series depicts nature through close observation and naturalistic watercolour paintings of shed and scattered leaves. Made during the waning of each leaf's life, the artefacts and texture of decay contrast against the flush of life's colour, infinitesimal landscapes, a portrait of life and death.’ As with much of his subject matter, Boulden plays with the juxtaposition of traditional watercolour and printing mediums, also producing several similar woodcuts.
Chris Boulden’s upbringing in New Zealand was extremely formative and inspiring, fostering his love of the outdoors and the natural world. In his own words, he produces ‘intimate compositions that touch on the quiet and the storm of nature, hinting at visual naturalism.’