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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Olivia Irvine

HowDoesYourGardenGrow
How Does Your Garden Grow? by Olivia Irvine
Oil on Canvas
1989
150 x 150 cm

Reg. Number: L77

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This thought-provoking piece is an abstract depiction of a garden. It is striking for both the familiarity of the subject and the unusual interpretation. It depicts ring of trees that have blossomed with flowers, and foliage forming a circle around a raised fountain. The dominant green and yellow colours reflect the onset of spring.

This artwork was composed using oil on canvas and was completed in 1989. It is one of Olivia's many figurative compositions, and uses a signature technique of hers through multi-layering different tones to emphasise colour.

Olivia often uses her surroundings, such as her home, personal belongings or familiar places, as inspiration for her art. "How Does Your Garden Grow?" is based on a garden she visited as a young girl, and the piece explores how the landscape changed over time from a sandpit to a flower bed. This insight into the memory of the artist is key to the interpretation of the painting: it is not a literal depiction but a symbolic one, which recognises that change is natural and occurs in the landscape simultaneously with the growth and change of people.

Olivia Irvine was born in Scotland in 1960 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1981-1986 gaining a BA Honours degree in Drawing and Painting and a Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in Painting. She then went to Madrid on a scholarship. On her return, she rented a studio and carried on painting and had her first solo show. Her work became steadily more abstract. Olivia started teaching part-time in a gallery complex, sharing responsibility for developing the educational programme. In 1993 she was awarded an MA in European Fine Art which had involved studying in Barcelona. Later she started teaching part-time at Edinburgh College of Art and Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. Today, she still combines part-time teaching with her own art practice.

Mainly an egg tempera and oil painter, Olivia uses sketchbooks, memory, points of reference and imagination, as well as the formal qualities of painting - especially colour - to inform and create her figurative compositions. As a painter, her interests lie in the direct manipulation of paint to create a dense mix of soft and hard surfaces, expressing a tension between control and disorder. She is interested in the way an image evolves from a combination of thoughts, ideas, memory, research, flights of fancy and the actual dynamics of the picture making process. Much of her imagery is figurative and depicts the seemingly ordinary everyday. She often includes personal objects, her family, her home, places she has visited and aspects of daily life to create 'awkward' yet 'poetic' scenes from her life with the aim of creating an image which goes beyond the ordinary, into the mysterious land of theatre.

With thanks to Axis for artist information

Art in Healthcare's blog entry about Olivia Irvine
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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


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Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Adopt an artwork
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