A sumptuous collection of square Floral Mandala Prints on Paper. Each print is stamped and dated, and comes with an explanation of the collaboration between Becky Lee and AnnekeArt, as well as of the work.
These prints are square and come framed and unframed. Prints are 297mm x 297mm square.
Interior Designer Becky Lee has combined forces with artist Anneke Stewart to deliver a kaleidoscopic collection of vibrant floral artworks in Anneke’s signature photographic Mandala style. The term Mandala is applied to any form that represents cosmic energy in the physical world and reminds the viewer of universal serenity and grace. Becky and Anneke’s collaboration interlaces the talent and inspiration of these two creative forces, honouring the regeneration of post-earthquake Christchurch as well as their individual art practices.
Becky lee: Colour, textiles and interiors have always been Becky’s passion – it’s in her blood. A great aunt in Scotland would paint the house in the middle of the night, to much confusion to her family in the morning and closer to home, her infinitely practical and capable mother who would paint and stencil large spaces, hang wallpaper, upholster furniture, sew curtains, make blinds and cushions, weave baskets and create intricate objects and striking textile art. Home was a place where colour and creativity were abundant and growing up on a forestry nursery called Rakaunui she was surrounded by the beauty and vibrancy of nature, which made its way indoors to decorate the family home. Becky’s own style is inspired by her mother’s, as well as drawing on materials and imagery of nature, with both sources of inspiration featuring strongly in this collection of work.
Becky holds a Diploma in Interior Design.
Anneke Art: Anneke creates finely crafted artworks that honour the earth, using locally sourced material and labour. In producing art Anneke defines and expresses her life-theme of energetic moments in time. This collection draws on Anneke’s fascination with Mandalas and their ability to draw the viewer in, creating an opportunity for contemplation. She has adapted the kaleidoscopic nature of the Mandala in this collection, seeking to provoke a translation of the essence of the given subject matter. Anneke believes art has the power to influence the energy of the viewer and with that in mind, she aims to create artwork that has a positive presence in the world, and in life of the viewer.
Anneke holds a Bachelor of Design, Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture and is pursuing her Masters in Fine Art.
The collection: The mandalas feature flowers homegrown or foraged from the Christchurch Red Zone combined with exotic fabrics and inherited vintage hand-painted silks, mixed in an exuberant style. The collection is about remembrance and bringing beauty into a home, inspiring joy with colour and calm through symmetry.
Kowhai Arch: After a long South Island winter, the arrival of Spring brings excitement and new energy. Everywhere you look new leaves are bursting in the clearest of greens, daffodils abound and our abundant native Kowhai trees are laden with masses of cheerful sunshine yellow flowers. The colours of Spring are fresh and vibrant. This work heroes the beautiful Kowhai, together with graceful arched Birch branches, Wattle, and punchy lime green Euphorbia in the centre. One of Becky's grandmother's hand-painted silk scarves adds delicate pattern and depth to this work while the neutral self-patterned linen background allows the fresh Spring colours to really pop. Kowhai Arch represents the optimism of Spring.
Ode to Sally: The hero piece of this first collection. Becky’s father’s cousin Sally Spence was a fabulous creative who worked for Christchurch based fashion designer Fanny Buss in the 1970s. Sally worked as a textile artist, hand painting, and block printing elaborate designs onto the garments - many of which now grace museums around the country including Te Papa. The background of this piece features a gorgeous silk kaftan painted by Sally which Becky inherited from her grandmother. The flowers in this piece are gifted Peonies plus Old Roses, Alstroemerias and Daisies foraged from the Red Zone.
Poshe (pronounced Po-she) is named after Becky’s paternal grandmother. Poshe (which was the name given to her by her grandchildren) was very stylish and wore the handpainted silks that feature through these works with finesse. This piece combines one of her scarves with foliage and Passionflowers foraged from the Red Zone. “I used to live on Banks Ave and there was an enormous mansion just down the road that was like something straight out of Hollywood and always a great source of fascination for me. Sometime after the earthquakes I revisited the area and was shocked to see no trace of the mansion - it had been completely demolished and cleared. Even the gardens had gone. All that remains is a quiet desolate feeling enormous empty section. I ventured in one day while foraging and discovered this Passionflower vine, a small piece of joy in amongst the memories of what used to be.” Becky
Electric Blue & Frida's Fancy: There is nothing more beautiful than the humble old fashioned tussy mussy. A handful of lots of small flowers all thrown together effortlessly. This playful vibrant piece contains flowers from Becky’s garden, plus other small treasures foraged in the Red Zone. Dianthus, Gems, Mutabilis, French Lavender, Aquilegia, Lobelia and more... with the sweet Erigaron daisy stealing the show on the perimeter.
Venus Hummingbird: The pattern created by the magenta coloured stems in the centre of this feminine work mesmerises and draws you into the leafy centre. A combination of Iceland Poppies, Heuchera, English Lavender, Birch leaves, and the beautiful Fuchsia bring your eye back out. “Notice how the fuchsia plays against the handpainted vintage silk in the background, creating a very womanly shape that is reminiscent of the Venus of Willendorf - an ancient figurine discovered in 1908 but estimated to have been made around 30,000 BC.” Becky
Cadmium Star: The hero of this work is one of Becky’s favourite flowers - the Iceland Poppy. A divine little creature to grow and one of the first to yield in early spring. This is combined with English Lavender, Heuchera, Birch leaves, Fuschia, and more. “I love the combination of the cadmium yellow of the poppies with the lavender, and the chartreuse geometric fabric in the background adds a great movement to the piece”. Becky