Fountains and Flowers – New Works by Jessica Biggs


09 June 2023

27 June 2023
Zuleika Gallery, Woodstock
6 Park Street
OX20 1SP

09 June to 27 June

6 Park Street
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SP
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Fountains and Flowers - New Works by Jessica Biggs at Zuleika Gallery
Fountains and Flowers – New Works by Jessica Biggs at Zuleika Gallery. Image: Jessica Biggs, Meadow flowers, 2023, oil on linen, 61 x 76 cm (cropped)

About Fountains and Flowers – New Works by Jessica Biggs

“The warmth of an English Summer’s day or the brightness of a bouquet of wild flowers, when I paint, I’m searching for luminosity and joy.” —Jessica Biggs, 2023.

Zuleika Gallery is delighted to present Fountains & Flowers, an inaugural solo exhibition of paintings by Jessica Biggs, which opens in its Woodstock Gallery from 09 to 27 June 2023. 

Bringing together a new body of work completed over the past twelve months, the summer exhibition will feature Biggs’ paintings of fountains set within the formal gardens of Blenheim Palace, alongside her delicate floral still life paintings. 

The roots of Biggs’ artistic inspiration are with the carefully observed naturalism of the French landscape artists Eugène Boudin (1824-1898) and Camille Corot (1796-1875) and with the domestic interiors of Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) and the colourful still life paintings of Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981). 

Speaking about her choice of subject matter, Biggs explains, “I am irresistibly drawn to fountains, with their cool rushing water set within a hot summer landscape. Blenheim Palace, with its abundance of charming vistas and splendidly ornate gardens, has been a joy to capture in paint.” 

The floral still life has been popular across movements, cultures and periods, and there is a timeless and effervescent quality to Biggs’ richly patterned paintings with contrasting colours and shapes, which, together, create an effect of harmony.

Biggs spends considerable time choosing and arranging the flowers before she puts paint on the canvas. 

Biggs reveals, “I choose the flowers for the harmony of their colours, their dazzling ruffles of petals, their velvet textures and halo-like shapes. I particularly like the graceful nature of wildflowers such as poppies, cornflowers and echinacea and envisage them dancing brightly in their jugs and vases”.