Tulipa ‘Estella Rijnveld’
Signed Fiona Strickland in pencil at the bottom centre.
480 x 695 mm. (18 7/8 x 27 3/8 in.)
As noted in the catalogue of a recent exhibition of the artist’s small-scale watercolours on vellum, ‘Fiona Strickland has long been drawn to tulips, finding their colour, shape, and form visually engaging, and the history of their depiction in art intellectually fascinating…she follows in the footsteps of illustrious artistic forebears, including the painters of the Dutch Golden Age such as Ambrosius Bosschaert, Balthasar van der Ast, and Jacob Marrel, whose seventeenth-century Tulip Book she travelled to study at close-hand in the Rijksmuseum in 2016…Often depicting flowers from an unusual viewpoint or at turning points in their life cycle, her paintings act as portraits of individual flowers, rather than scientific representations of a species.’ Strickland is a member of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society, founded in the early 19th century, and often paints individual tulips from the society’s annual shows.