(Wycombe 1937 - Swainshill 2018)
Signed with initials and dated CS.’02. at the lower right.
Signed, dated and titled Carolyn Sergeant. / January 2002. / Holly. on the reverse.
202 x 248 mm. (8 x 9 3/4 in.)
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.’
As Peyton Skipwith has written of her work, ‘To say that Carolyn draws and paints flowers, fruit and foliage superbly is to state the obvious; the difficulty is trying to define what makes her work so unique and so individual. She has the ability to combine opposites, to be both painterly and sculptural, delicate and strong, simple and complex, innocent and sophisticated: qualities which do not arise out of naivety, but rather from years of training, observation and hard work. Although she has never allowed her training to impinge upon her direct and unaffected response to her chosen subject matter, it is through such disciplines that she has honed the skills which enable her to express clearly and beautifully the vision of her quiet eye. And that eye is both selective and personal.’
Colin Clark, London
Thence by descent.