'Natural Perspective' | Deirdre Bean

OPENING NIGHT: Friday 23rd August, 6-8pm

ARTIST TALK: Saturday 24th August, 2pm

The intricacies of nature are the focus for watercolour artist Deirdre Bean in her first solo exhibition at Mitchell Fine Art. Internationally awarded for her intricate botanical illustrations, Deirdre Bean takes attention to detail to another level. Fine, scientifically accurate drawings taken from life have been painstakingly developed over extended periods of time. 

As Bean explains, as I work, I develop an intimate relationship with my subjects over many hours of close inspection.”

Always attracted to the intricacies of natural, Deirdre Bean has delved into the minute details of our natural world, revealing intricate details that the eye sometimes misses. As she explains, whether it is the veins of a cicada wing, the stamens of an artichoke flower, or the whorls of a cowrie shell. The tiny details are so appealing to me.”

In her works, Bean has combined the natural world with human manufactured elements creating what she refers to as ‘uncommon portraits’. Constructing different meaning by adding utensils from everyday life to a classic botanical illustration. Antique spoons sit beside specimens of intricate flowers, an orange persimmon sit in contrast to fine blue china cup. 

“I have chosen to combine common elements of the natural world with utensils of daily life, most having been part of my family’s household for many years. I have selected pieces to sit beside each other as companions in still life compositions, most with a considered personal story.Deirdre Bean 2019.

These quizzical combinations reflect a nostalgic personal story but one that can be shared. These antique, quirky, forgotten items can trigger recollections of precious memories for many of the viewers.

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  1. Spoon and Fig

    graphite and watercolour on paper

    21 x 18cm

    POA
  2. Persimmon and Cup

    watercolour on paper

    20 x 28cm

    POA
  3. Deirdre Bean - Gum Leaves and Enamel Cup - 25x33cm Sold
  4. Deirdre Bean - Two Spoons and Violet - 26x26cm Sold
    Two Spoons and Violet

    watercolour on paper

    26 x 26cm

     
  5. Silver Fern

    watercolour on paper

    27 x 20cm

    POA
  6. Passionflower and Serving Fork

    watercolour on paper

    29 x 22cm

    POA
  7. Eggplant and Serving Spoon

    watercolour on paper

    29 x 22cm

    POA
  8. Deirdre Bean - Azure Kingfisher - 30x25cm Sold
    Azure Kingfisher

    watercolour on paper

    30 x 25cm

     
  9. Deirdre Bean | Kangaroo Paw and Plate

    watercolour on paper

    37 x 32cm

    POA
  10. Silvereye and Key

    watercolour on paper

    40 x 33cm

    POA
  11. Deirdre Bean - Camellia and Mermaid - 46x34cm Sold
    Camellia and Mermaid

    watercolour on paper

    46 x 34cm

     
  12. Deirdre Bean - Strelitzia and Fish Servers - 51x35cm Sold
    Strelitzia and Fish Servers

    watercolour on paper

    51 x 35cm

     
  13. Deirdre Bean - Coral Tree and Ginger Jar - 44x53cm Sold
    Coral Tree and Ginger Jar

    watercolour on paper

    44 x 53cm

     
  14. Deirdre Bean | Artichoke Flower

    graphite and watercolour on paper

    63 x 51cm

    POA
  15. Gymea Lily and Fish Servers

    watercolour on paper

    72 x 52cm

    POA
  16. Deirdre Bean - Xanthorrhoea - 77x57cm Sold
    Xanthorrhoea

    watercolour on paper

    77 x 57cm

     
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