Flowers and Plant Forms - Colour

Two Red Tulips with Purple and Turquoise Leaf
Coreopsis with Lychnis and Lily Seed Heads
Watercolour painting by Nerys Johnson Pope's Balls, Iris and Chilli on Split Ground
Chillis and Pope's Balls on Split Ground
Amaryllis and Yellow Tulips on Split Ground by Nerys Johnson
Kafir Lily and Purple Gladioli (L), Purple and Peach Gladioli (R)
Orange Gerbera and Purple Gladioli
Perpetual Sweet Pea on Mid-Blue and Stalk and Bud
Artichoke on Blackberry Ground
Droopy Sunflower on Striped Ground
Sunflower on Striped Ground
Burgundy Gladioli, Artichoke and Peach Lily
Tulips and Irises on Orange
Coreopsis and Statice on Black
Sunflowers and White Lily on Black/Royal Blue
Gerbera and Anemones l
Two Sunflowers,  Full and Side View
Pink Lily and Red and Yellow Gladioli
Lilies and Orange Daisies on Pale Blue

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 here and elsewhere on this website.

Cards & Prints For Sale

The greetings cards and prints are excellent examples of Nerys’s late work, notable for its simplicity, bold approach to design and imaginative and intense use of colour.

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