Venetia Norris Pop Up Exhibition at Fenton House

Image: Venetia Norris

One of our favourite artists, Venetia Norris has a new pop up exhibition opening in April at Fenton House in Hampstead, London. Linear Collections is an exhibition of drawings by Norris inspired by the beautiful walled gardens of Fenton House. Her passion for drawing directly from life allows her to present a detailed snapshot of the organic world as she plays with tradition versus modernity. We particularly like Norris’ strong lines and depictions of the natural world through her beautiful drawings.

Image: Venetia Norris

Although this exhibition focuses mostly on flowers and plants, Norris finds their shape and form more captivating than the subjects themselves. Some of Norris’s drawings are displayed in antique frames that create an interesting visual dialogue with the delicacy of line.  Coming from a resolutely feminine art history, flower depictions have been pursued and developed over the years, recently by such notable artists as Georgia O’Keefe and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.  Norris has followed in their footsteps and her detailed studies focus on the intricate forms in nature, analysing their structures in a beautiful and mesmerising way.

Fenton House is well-known as a collection of collections and the temporary installation of Norris’s exhibition enhances this theme.  As Norris has spent time in, and come to know, the gardens at Fenton, she has found inspiration in a wider range of plant forms including vegetables and fruit.

To coincide with the Open Garden Squares Weekend and Fenton’s Summer Tea Party, the artist will be holding a number of 30-45-minute drawing workshops on 4 th and 9 th June 2012 (these will be held at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on both days).  Materials will be provided.  Classes are free of charge but a donation is requested to contribute to the upkeep of the gardens.

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 4 th April – Sunday 1 st July 2012

Location: Fenton House and Garden, Hampstead Grove, London NW3 6SP

Opening Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays, 11am-5pm (last admission at 4.30pm)