Designer Series | Plant Lover’s Jungalow
by SAL McINTYRE
An interior design trend that has taken hold enough to become the focal point of the aesthetic is what has been called by enthusiasts the Jungalow, an oasis of plant life that is overflowing with natural greenery throughout the expanse of the home. For plant lovers of all kinds, whether with a green thumb or not, complementing the interior with plant-rich artwork only enhances that desirable cascading effect, creating new corners to meander through and get lost in, even if only in the mind.
Roy Lichtenstein – Water Lilies with Japanese Bridge, offset lithograph 2007
David Hockney – Woldgate, 6-7 May from The Arrival of Spring in 2013, offset lithograph 2015
In Roy Lichtenstein’s Water Lilies with Japanese Bridge he uses a flattening effect of perspective to make the viewer feel surrounded by the scene, as though you are actually standing within it. And David Hockney’s Woldgate, 6-7 May from The Arrival of Spring in 2013 leads one into the rawness of the natural world with a footpath and a beautiful black and white charcoal rendering.
More Waterlilies appear to us from the ever classic Claude Monet, and more raw black and white, energetic linework from Pablo Picasso, as in De Memoire D'Homme IX, a 1950 Mourlot stone lithograph.
Claude Monet – Waterlilies, offset lithograph 1981
Pablo Picasso – De Memoire D'Homme IX, Mourlot stone lithograph 1950
For closeup studies of particular flowers, look to works like Cirsium Lanceolatum by Phyllis Baumgartner, otherwise known as the common thistle as described in this glowing 1966 silkscreen, or to something like this graceful Lily by Piet Mondrian.
Phyllis Baumgartner – Cirsium Lanceolatum, silkscreen 1966
Piet Mondrian – Lily, offset lithograph 1996
A cropped and closeup feel can further be achieved with Crystal Ball, a signed 1980 silkscreen from Hunt Slonem, where it becomes pleasingly difficult to distinguish between the printed tablecloth and the real leafy fronds. And a signed 1982 stone lithograph Roses and Bionic Bees from Paul Van Hoeydonck accesses a similarly beguiling “in the thick of it” feeling.
Hunt Slonem – Crystal Ball, SIGNED silkscreen 1980
Paul Van Hoeydonck – Roses and Bionic Bees, SIGNED stone lithograph 1982
"...creating new corners to meander through and get lost in, even if only in the mind."
Henri Matisse’s La Perruche et la Sirene, or the parakeet and the siren, needs little explanation for the kind of jungle atmosphere it can add to an interior, the subtle semi-abstracted forms of these two characters peeking out demurely from amongst the leaves.
Henri Matisse – La Perruche Et La Sirene, offset lithograph 2018
Botanical illustration connoisseurs will enjoy works like Felix Skoleafdeling A/S Nr. B 257-23 by Felix Skoleafdeling, or the mid-1800’s works by Francois Herincq, French botanist and gardener at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, and famous for his book ‘L'Horticulteur Francais, Journal des Amateurs et des Interets Horticoles,’ for which he illustrated over 400 different plants such as Callicarpa Japonica and Lonicera Flava.
Felix Skoleafdeling – Felix Skoleafdeling A/S Nr. B 257-23, stone lithograph
Francois Herincq – Callicarpa Japonica, stone lithograph
Francois Herincq – Lonicera Flava, stone lithograph
In a powerful installation work by Erez Israeli, Field of Flowers shows a detail of a poppy field that has been hand beaded, shimmering with as much exquisite detail as there are beads in the assembly.
Erez Israeli – Field of Flowers, offset lithograph
And what jungalow would be complete without the usual suspects of La Rose, a 1938 stone lithograph by an unknown artist, or the bird of paradise flower, here seen in Nancy Hagin’s Country Lace, a signed 1986 silkscreen.
Unknown Artist – La Rose, stone lithograph 1938
Nancy Hagin – Country Lace, SIGNED silkscreen 1986