Flowering art at the Victoria Gallery

One of Bath’s most popular painters, best known for her busy street scenes, has a surprise for her fans with a new exhibition of flower paintings.

Victoria Gamberoni will be exhibiting the paintings for the first time at the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Victoria Art Gallery from January 17 – March 1.

Victoria Gamberoni's Pink and Lilac Flowers.
Victoria Gamberoni’s Pink and Lilac Flowers.

“What began as a diversion from her usual figures and landscapes gradually accumulated to form a new collection,” explains gallery manager Jon Benington. “In recent years Victoria has made painting trips to the USA, Mexico, India, North Africa and Europe.

When travelling, she gathers inspiration for landscapes and figure scenes. Her figurative work has moved towards semi-abstraction while retaining the traditional strength of line and composition.

“Her painting style ranges from the precision of a Charles Rennie Mackintosh floral study to the paired down simplicity of a Giorgio Morandi still life. Backgrounds are invariably neutral, sometimes dark, lending greater resonance to the colours of the blooms.”

Councillor Ben Stevens, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “We’re delighted that the Victoria Art Gallery is the first to exhibit Victoria’s floral paintings – entry to this exhibition is free so I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to view these wonderful paintings.”

Victoria teaches and runs workshops in watercolour, oil painting, and drawing. She is an Elected Member, and served on the committee of the Bath Society of Artists. Awards have included the Brownsword Prize (best picture in exhibition), the Farrow and Ball Prize, and the Watercolour Prize at the Armed Forces Art Society Exhibition.

Entry to this exhibition is free. The Victoria Art Gallery is open from Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sundays 1.30pm – 5pm. It is closed on Mondays.

Find out more at http://www.victoriagal.org.uk