Flowers in colour

Untitled: irises & lilies, 1979 Kroma: Rhododendrons and Catkins, 1990 Artichoke & Old Roses with Hydrangea , 1992 Untitled: lilies and orange daisies on pale blue, 1993 Pink Lily & Red & Yellow Gladioli, 1990
Gladioli, 1993 Untitled: poppy seed heads, echinops, dahlia & artichoke on white, 1998 White chincheree, clivia & drooping gerbera,1999 Marigold with Attitude,1999 Lilies III
Freesias: grey space Hollyhock IV Anemones and yellow bunch Gerbera and anemones I Two sunflowers: full and side view, blue ground
Perpetual sweet pea on mid-blue and stalk and bud Artichoke on blackberry ground Tulips and irises on orange Burgundy gladioli, artichoke and peach lily on violet/pink ground Sunflowers and white lily on black/royal blue ground
Coreopsis and statice on black Droopy sunflower on striped ground Sunflower on striped ground Kafir lily and purple gladioli on mid blue ground Orange gerbera and purple gladioli Pink Lilies I

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Nerys is well known for the small, intensely-coloured works of her later years, in which types of flowers are simplified and depicted singly or in simple combinations, often against dark backgrounds. These works were preceded by a decade or more of stylistic experimentation, when colour and shape were pitched against each other in a variety of compositions and structures. Colour juxtapositions veered from the delicate to the bold. In all cases, the background - whether pale, dark, or wallpaper-like stripes - served to define and emphasize the form in front of it. Bridget Riley once said that Nerys had 'absolute judgment' when it came to colour, and this is fully reflected in the images above and elsewhere on this website.

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