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Nature Now, Lotus

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Contemporary artist Marc Quinn is currently debuting his new works alongside existing pieces at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and around the Gardens at Kew.

The exhibition Light into life explores the links between nature and humanity and brings that complex relationship to life. Quinn has been working in close collaboration with Kew scientists and horticulturists to explore more about plants and their incredible forms and shapes, using significant plants from across our collections to inspire his work.

We are delighted to present our customers with the exclusive chance to acquire a limited edition art piece, personally signed by the artist. For this particular artwork LITO Editions has the privilege to collaborate with Marc Quinn on a very special release on the occasion of his exhibition at Kew Gardens. 


About the artwork

Lotus is part of NATURENOW, a series of Smartphone shaped artworks which explores how society is changing through an incessant flow of content. Each piece begins as a screenshot on Quinn’s iPhone which is then enlarged and pigment-printed on canvas before being overpainted and coated with shattered car windscreen glass. The collision suggested by the glass asks us what separates the virtual world of the screen from the ‘real’ world of the plants it depicts, when the boundary between the two is increasingly breaking down. The scale amplifies the question, confronting the viewer with the extent to which their relationship with the natural world is digitally mediated.

This series of flower paintings subverts one of the oldest forms of picture making: the still-life. To create these hyper-realist oil paintings, Quinn creates a still-life arrangement in his studio using flowers and fruit bought in London on a particular day. Since most of the flowers and fruit in these compositions would never bloom at the same time, or even be found together in the natural world, they show us the way in which human desire has created new seasons - bringing together in one geographical location things that nature would not assemble. Quinn photographs the arrangements, which are sometimes set amid a snowy ground or volcanic sand, and then makes oil paintings based on the photographs. The paintings depict a frozen moment of 'unnatural' time. Often large in scale and dramatically coloured, their beauty belies a sinister subtext: the relentless human desire to control nature. Titled after freaks of ecology the works offer up a corrupt beauty that suggests our possible future.


  • Material: LITO HI-RND© print on aludibond, crushed car glass, framed.
  • Dimensions: 110 x 50,9 cm
  • Edition of 35
  • New artwork - 2024 edition
  • Signed by the artist and numbered on the back
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • 2 years non resale agreement
  • 14-days return
  • Made in Austria 

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  • This product is excluded from promotional discounts.
  • Delivery can take up to 6 weeks.
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