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Nick Fox's Phantasieblume is a series of intricate paintings inspired by the Victorian cultural phenomena of Floriography, or, as Kate Greenaway's popular 1884 book called it, The Language of Flowers. The underpinning research is Nick Fox’s broad body of work Phantasieblume, exploring longing, loss and desire, conducted in his studio since 2007 and further supported during a Research and development Residency at the National Glass centre, Sunderland in 2009 and 2010. Subversive narratives of romantic idealisation, cultural artefact and coded articulations of desire specifically inform the research. Further to these interests, Fox has continued to developed innovative painting processes which He creates his work by crafting layers of acrylic paint on glass, which is then intricately cut, creating elaborate objects that resemble the preciousness of lace The Phantasieblume research project was developed as a series of Solo Presentations containing a selection of mirrored paintings, drawings and craft objects. 1. Phantasieblume, C4RD London April 2009 2. Phantasieblume Vane Gallery, April – June 2010 3. Phantasieblume Nachtleid Ga Hamel Prestegart, Norway The project was disseminated through the Production of an Artist Monograph in 2010. The Phantasieblume project has resulted in a significant Artist monograph funded by Newcastle University and ACE, and was partnered with the National Glass centre, Art editions north and Centre for recent drawing. Essays and text contributions are by significant commentators in the field of Art and design, including internationally recognised cultural commentator Philip Austander. Other contribuitors include Stephanie Brown, Paul Stone, Andrew Hewish, George Chakravarthi, Matthew Hearn, and Clive Jennings. The book was published under the prestigious Documents for Recent Drawing series by Centre for recent drawing. The book offers insights into the work of Nick fox, specifically offering critical perspectives on painting, craft and drawing contextualisation. The exhibition was featured in The Guardian Guide (with illustration), and work was featured on the Front Cover of A-N a monthly Art Periodical.
The Guardian Guide has a readership of 283 063 reaching a significantly large new audiance for the Phantasieblume project. "Nick Fox's Phantasieblume is a series of intricate paintings inspired by the Victorian cultural phenomena of Floriography, or, as Kate Greenaway's popular 1884 book called it, The Language of Flowers. Floriography was an intricate means of communicating hidden or forbidden passions by using different types of flowers as gifts. Fox's intimations of oppressed sexuality are embodied in painted glass panels that might initially look like intricate lacework doilies but, on closer scrutiny, reveal erotic glimpses. Steamy encounters emerge from the fine networks of entwined petals and tendrils. The acrylic paint is painstakingly layered and incised so that the overall, almost stained-glass effect, has the accumulative air of preciously savoured sensuality." Robert Clark, Guardian Guide May 14th 2010
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