John Mcewen com­ments on Cen­tau­rea Cyanas

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EN­DEL­LION LYCETT GREEN is the younger daugh­ter of Ru­pert Lycett Green—among other achieve­ments an in­spi­ra­tion for Jilly Cooper’s ro­man­tic hero Ru­pert Camp­bell-black—and the late writer Can­dida Lycett Green, daugh­ter of Sir John Bet­je­man. She’s named after a Cor­nish saint.

‘My mother and my ma­ter­nal grand­mother were in­te­gral to my love of Na­ture. I spent the best part of my child­hood out­side and they taught me the names of wild flow­ers and gar­den plants,’ she ex­plains. ‘We were lucky to move from Lon­don to a beau­ti­ful house in Wilt­shire and I live a few miles from there even now. I grew up sur­rounded by art, but Lu­cian Freud is per­haps the rea­son I be­came an artist. As a teenager, I was mes­merised by his por­trayal of plants. Along with Stan­ley Spencer they were the first in­flu­ences.

Her later in­flu­ences would be Paolo Uc­cello, Gau­guin, Chardin and, now, Peter Doig, Ge­orge Shaw and Ger­hard Richter. She was read­ing Fine Art and English at Ex­eter, but spend­ing most of her time do­ing art, when she de­cided to be­come a painter at 19. ‘I’d stayed up all night to fin­ish a paint­ing. I had a rev­er­ence for paint and I still have.

‘Cen­tau­rea Cyanus was in­spired by an abun­dance of corn­flow­ers in a friend’s gar­den. I went on a long jour­ney with them due to their in­tri­cate na­ture. They are rich in sym­bol­ism. Myth re­lates how the flow­ers heal eyes when placed on them. Also ce­les­tial blue is my favourite colour.’

She will be ex­hibit­ing her work at ‘The Source’ in Ald­bourne, Wilt­shire from June 3–17 (07973 123211; www.lau­ralopes.co.uk).

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