English Florist Group Portrait Watercolour on Kelmscott Vellum
Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London 2020
"In undertaking this exhibition devoted to the Tulipa Strickland follows in the footsteps of illustrious artistic forebears, including painters of the Dutch Golden Age such as Ambrosius Bosschaert, Balthasar van der Ast, and Jacob Marrel, whose seventeenth-century Tulip Book she travelled to study at close-hand in the Rijksmuseum in 2016. Exploring the subject of the tulip, so integral to the history of Dutch art, also allows Strickland (who lives and works in Scotland) to reconnect with her ancestral heritage: it is unsurprising to learn that her grandmother, who moved from the Netherlands to Scotland as a child, was a marvellous gardener who instilled a love of plants in her young granddaughter by allowing her to visit the sanctuary of her tulip-filled greenhouse"
"Many of the tulips depicted in the exhibition are English Florists’ Tulips, grown by the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society. Impossible to buy commercially, these tulips are characterised by the complex and vibrant ‘broken’ patterns of their petals, the observation of which represents another challenge to the artist. Founded in the early nineteenth century, the Society is the only association of its kind to have survived to the present day."
Rebecca Wall, Jonathan Cooper Gallery