‘can we speak in flowers.

it will be easier for me to understand.’ 

– Nayyirah Waheed

‘And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand’

– William Blake

‘I paint flowers so they will not die’

– Frida Kahlo

‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’

– William Shakespeare

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose …
Gertrude Stein’s statement is absolute in the sense that it refers to no other being. In the transcendental philosophy of Kant he talks about the statement ‘This rose is beautiful’ and it becomes a symbol for the concept of aesthetic beauty.
In a rose we see phenomenon of the natural sciences, such as light, photons and further wider meaning.

The picture of a rose is intended to illustrate an idea. The truth of the Rose – a botanical observation of the systematic order. The physiological  processes inside the Rose. The chemical considerations for constructing the sheet structure of the dyes. The  evolutionary aspects. There are so many roses in the world. The look or gaze of flower lovers like Rose breeders or simply the owner of a rose or the viewer who walks past a rose. ‘Under the rose’ means to keep a secret.

The rose – The queen of flowers- has featured in many of my works and has been the inspiration for poets and painters for centuries. They can have so many meanings…
For the Greeks roses were associated with the myth of Adonis, the lover of goddess Aphrodite (Roman Venus), from whose blood the first Red Roses have grown. They thus become symbol of love that transcended even death and resurrection. This first rose I painted was inspired by JMW Turner and was heavily influenced by the palette and feeling the ‘Fighting Temeraire’ the painting in the National Gallery. This rose is actually called ‘The Fighting Temeraire too. No phenomenon listed here take precedence.


– Christian Furr 2015