Opulent Milieu, 2016
Giclée print hand finished with 24k gold leaf
65 x 85cm
Courtesy of the artist and Curious Duke Gallery
Digital artist Simone Truong (born in 1988) creates delicate floral images, often depicting the flowers at different stages of their lifecycle: new and tightly budded, in full glorious bloom and then fading into death and decay.
Truong sources much of her material from visits to stately homes, historic castles and fine gardens. But from these traditional beginnings she creates her work in a wholly contemporary manner: using a digital application, she paints floral images then merges these with scanned-in paintings that she has made using acrylics. She smudges, blends and blurs, combining the different approaches and the ages of the flowers, forming digital bouquets while still maintaining the stunning life-like effect. She easily adjusts background colours: they might be dark and focused on death or include pale pinks, mauves and blues to convey a lightness in tone and ambience.
‘Opulent Milieu’ is a beautiful dark dreamlike piece that focuses on the eventual demise of the flowers. Truong’s use of 24-karat gold leaf to hand-finish the piece highlights the beauty and richness of the flower at the fleeting peak of its short life.
For more information, see curiousdukegallery.com
Hedge, issue 42, July 2016, pp70-76