The Paintings of Ivor John Powell

The vision of a border Welshman

Begonia by Ivor Powell

60. Begonia

24 x 29.5cm. Daler Board with re-used frame

NLW(PG 5887)

This is a carefully conceived composition, in which every part of his begonia is made to relate to the brickwork of the conservatory wall behind it. The year 1980 is written on its back, which would be invaluable in locating it if it were not for the 'c' which appears before it. This seems to indicate that Ivor did not date it himself. However, the estimated or suggested date does seem accurate since, in spite of its careful structure, there is also a free handling of acrylic which relates it, in technique, to two other flower studies which, in their consistently expressionistic manner, mark a movement away from the patient application of thin layers of colour, which characterised the main body of his work, towards an expressionism he did not have the time to develop further. Painting this plant, in particular, must have served as a way of remembering his wife and reflecting on the part she had played in his life because, each year, begonias formed part of Winifred's display of flowers.

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