My subject is rich in history and meaning, it is both resilient and profoundly fragile. Making art is my way of praying for its future, of loving it, of thanking it, of being connected. I want to do more than simply record the beauty of nature, and by combining accuracy of detail with poetic representation and a conceptual background aim to explore deeper themes.
Scotland is rich in wild flowers and Physic Gardens, and it is here that I find much of my inspiration. Painting and drawing are at the heart of my practise, though I have also incorporated text, textiles, sound and film in artworks. My work is informed by research into my subject and by the work of other creative people, such as the Victorian botanical artist Mary Delany, the colour and energy of Winifred Nicholson’s paintings, the ideas of plant energy and our relationship to nature written about by Stephen Buhner and Robin Wall Kimmerer.
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There is something very spiritually uplifting about the radiance of yellow flowers, the energy with which the colour hits the back of your eye seems hard to capture. I love this quote from Winifred Nicolson about painting yellow flowers, one of my favourite painters,...
Happy New Year ! I was delighted to enter the new year with my artwork 'Votive Offerings - White' (below) exhibited in the Lower Galleries of The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh with The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). Their exhibition runs...
This Christmas season I have artworks on exhibition in a number of galleries in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Argyll, including a range of different 'Votive Offerings' paintings both large and small. The galleries are listed below with links that show images of my works that...
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.’