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Flora in Abundance

Flora in AbundanceFlora in Abundance

Friday 6 May to Monday 30 May

Free Entry: 10.00am to 5pm

Meet the Artist: Saturday 7 May, 12 noon to 3pm

Rosemary Abrahams' floral paintings, landscapes and seascapes are inspired by the dramatic power and simplicity of a largely uninhabited countryside and the constant presence of the North Sea.

Rosemary Abrahams

Rosemary Abrahams studied painting and printmaking at Leeds College of Art in the 1960s, alongside sculptor John French, who became her husband and business partner. 

They established an international design studio for home and fashion products, producing (among other things) handmade rugs in Nepal, jute products in Bangladesh, ceramics in Europe and textiles in the USA.  Rosemary continued to paint and exhibit, in places such as New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London, before returning to Yorkshire where she set up her Studio Gallery in Bridlington in 2003.

Rosemary says:

My work is influenced by the power and presence of the North Sea, and by the simplicity of the largely uninhabited North Yorkshire countryside.

I also have the desire to express my life – and thus my painting – in terms of colour, which then becomes form; sometimes abstract or landscape, sometimes floral.

The floral paintings allow me to use freer forms and a wider colour palette, bringing a degree of abstraction to the work. My abstract paintings are geometrically constructed and textural. Working onto a plaster base, I add metal foils and varnishes to provide a further dimension – exploring natural form through vibrant colour.