Floral subjects abound in the art world as everyone thaws from winter’s chill. However, this New York-based organization has tossed another wildly popular genre in the mix.
Partnering with a contemporary floral design magazine, Portraits, Inc. is presenting a number of masterfully produced floral-themed portraits and still lifes this month. Opening April 21, “In Full Bloom” is also the organization’s way of acknowledging the growing convention of informal portraiture, especially ones that situate their subjects in pastoral or garden settings.
Via its press release, Portraits, Inc. writes, “These special works, which intentionally blur the distinction between narrative figure painting and formal portraiture, are historically referred to as ‘conversation pieces’ and are sure to become cherished heirlooms in the family art collection.”

Dawn Whitelaw, oil, (c) Portraits, Inc. 2016

The expressive, looser paint application seen in many of the paintings also lends itself to the informal approach. Continuing, the organization states, “Outdoor works, capturing the feeling of flickering light and the warmth of the sun, are ideally suited for this type of impressionistic handling as well. ‘Conversation pieces’ are also particularly well-suited for children’s portraiture as it captures the lightness and spirit of youth.” The exhibition is sure to offer a delightful display of beauty, skill, and personality. “In Full Bloom” opens on April 21 and will be on view through May 26.
To learn more, visit Portraits, Inc.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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