Pagan festival come global (and just a little commercial) celebration of love; Valentine’s Day in nearly here. Love never fails to inspire artists; from poets to painters, emblems of love crop up in cultures all over the world.
The classic heart
This organ is thought to have been the centre of emotion by many including Aristotle and is our best known universal symbol for love today.
Tina Ashton quite literally puts heart and soul into her paintings… you’ll find a hidden heart in each one of her season themed collection.
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart" Confucius
The feeling of falling in love is often described as having butterflies in our stomach. Butterflies exist as a symbol in many different cultures, representing love, transformation, freedom and hope.
Inspired by traditional kimono designs, Lily Greenwood’s delicate butterfly eruptions are the perfect way to say "you give me butterflies".
“Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes“ Author unknown
For centuries humans have looked to the stars in matters that concern the heart. From ancient cultures such as the Egyptians through to today’s horoscope in the paper, it seems entrenched in the human psyche to star gaze for answers in love.
Veronica Gudmundson explores the cosmos, creating ethereal, evocative pieces that capture the power and mystery of the night sky.
“Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars” Gilbert Parker
Gifting flowers as an expression of our emotion has long played a role in human ritual. Believed to have started as a prehistoric tradition, there is no doubt it is well and truly engrained as an expression of love.
Katherine Close creates uplifting floral arrangements. There could not be a better way to offer flowers in the form of art.