A welcome bouquet

With the Gallery set to reopen, I’ve been imagining the moment when we once again invite members and guests through the doors to be greeted by the spectacular floral arrangements in our vestibule or on our front desk.

Until then, here is a virtual welcome from artists in our collection who explore the beauty, mystery and symbolism of flowers, from gentle blooms painted by the young Roy de Maistre to Rodney Glick’s lotus-clad lovers.

Roy de Maistre Still life circa 1922. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1922. © Caroline de Mestre Walker

August Sander Field with marguerites 1930s. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2006. © August Sander/Bildkunst. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Michael Parekowhai Turk Lane 2001, printed 2002. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by Roderick and Gillian Deane, Melanie Rogers, Reg and Sally Richardson, and the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2002. © Michael Parekowhai

Karl Blossfeldt Poppy circa 1932, printed 1976. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Edron Pty Ltd 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine

Rodney Glick, Made Leno, Wayan Darmadi, Dewa Tirtayasa, Christopher Hill Everyone no 83 2009. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2012. © Rodney Glick

teamLab Flowers and People – Gold 2015. Interactive Digital Work, 8 channels, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi. Art Gallery of New South Wales, D G Wilson Bequest Fund and Asian Collection Benefactors’ Fund 2015 © teamLab, courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney