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‘When The World Stopped’ Exhibition

Meet The Artist and Upcoming Exhibition

In December 2020, be among the first to view the debut exhibition by Donna Flowers-Dorning titled ‘When the World Stopped’. A fresh collection of vibrant originals providing an, often exotic, sense of escapism and uplifting twist on the year 2020.

“I have a varied, creative past, starting at college studying Art, Pottery and Photography. I then did a degree in Fashion at UCLAN which led me to become a self-employed designer / maker.

My recent paintings ‘When the World Stopped’ began in April 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown. I was influenced by my four walls, dog walks, trips to various supermarkets and holiday photos on my phone. As we emerged from lockdown so did my subject matter, whereby my later paintings were energised by swimming pools, coastal paths and walks to school.

Each painting would begin with a single item of food or drink. I would then conjure up patterns and plants to go with a naturally-evolving theme or story.

I am inspired by plants, flowers, shadows, food, drink, items with text, tiles, fabric and patterns. I sew and paint on various fabrics and selling vintage clothes gives me an abundance of unique fabrics and patterns through the decades. Often something like a beautiful silk shirt decorated with unimaginable designs will be the starting point for my next ‘one’!”

Created in her Lancashire studio at home and inspired by famous artists including Gustav Klimpt, Frida Kahlo and ‘the vibrancy of David Hockney’s work’, this beautiful collection includes over 30 original acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Flowers-Dorning describes her new collection as “often nostalgic, familiar and always cheerful, bright and inviting”.

Browse the full collection by clicking here. 

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