I am a Scottish artist inspired by nature, particularly flowers and plants, a subject both resilient and profoundly fragile. Making art is my way of praying for its future, of loving it, of thanking it, of being connected.
By combining accuracy of detail with poetic representation and a conceptual background I aim to explore deeper themes. My work is informed by research and observation. Research has included visiting The British Museum to view the work of Victorian botanical artist Mary Delany, Kew Gardens Library and Archive and The Linnean Society to immerse myself in 15th and 16th century herbal illustrations, and to the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to study exotic plant samples.
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I am delighted to share details of my forthcoming solo exhibition at Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries: 'Recipe for a Miracle - New Botanical based Paintings by Kirsty Lorenz'27th August - 1st October 2022, open Tues to Sat 10am - 5pm Opening evening 6.30-8.30pm, Friday...
So pleased to see my new painting 'Recipe for a Miracle' featured in a double page spread in the summer edition of Homes and Interiors Scotland. This work is part of a new body of work that represents a big creative development for me, in terms of colour, paint and...
Many thanks to Fife Contemporary for the VACMA grant enabling me to undertake research to develop my work inspired by the healing properties of plants. My research led me to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh Herbarium to look at preserved plants featured in two...
Giles Sutherland, The Times
‘Lorenz has moved the traditional depiction of flowers away from the twee, decorative, the domestic and aesthetically conservative, on to a more complex and ultimately satisfying level.
‘Her work transcends the ordinary and communicates an experience of nature on a higher, even spiritual level.’
Catherine Coyle, Homes and Interiors Scotland
‘Kirsty Lorenz’s floral paintings do so much more than simply record the beauty of nature’
‘Lorenz paints with a mix of accuracy and poetic representation that elevates the work beyond photorealism, allowing her to explore deeper themes.’