Monday, June 30, 2014

Canadian Artist for Canada Day - Mary Philpott

Verdant Hare by Mary Philpott
On this Canada Day, I will skip the usual maple leaf symbols and introduce you to an artist I recently discovered through a local publication. I instantly fell in love with her work. Her name is Mary Philpott. Her studio, Verdant Studio, is located just twenty minutes away, in Stratford - on a street named Shakespeare, of course. Strongly inspired by William Morris, I presumed that she was a UK artist. I was elated to read that her work is close and accessible. One day, I will own some of her sculptures and my walls will be adorned with some of her tiles.

Mary Philpott at work
The Hare by Mary Philpott

Curious Buzzing Thing Crow by Mary Philpott

Garden Hare Searching by Mary Philpott

The Fox and the Crow by Mary Philpott
(my favourite fable)

One of many Verdant flower tiles by Mary Philpott
Happy Canada Day!


Mark Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes,

Happy Canada Day to you!

Thanks for sharing the work of Mary Philpott, who certainly does channel William Morris, and more. Her tiles would fit beautifully into the Dusty Victorian, and I'll bet you're already scoping out places where they might fit!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Dear Mark,
You know me and my house remarkably well. Yes, her work will certainly appear in my future kitchen. If she does floor tiles, I would like for her work to greet visitors at the front entrance. She's one of these artists that convey in me admiration and jealousy at the same time.
Always a pleasure,

Rosemary said...

Dear Anyes - The tiles certainly do bare a strong resemblance to the colours and forms reminiscent of William Morris. For some reason hares seem to be in vogue at the moment. I have just had a hare linocut done by my son framed, and I take delight in it every time I pass it.
Hope I am not too late to wish you a Happy Canada Day.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Rosemary,
Canada Day is actually tomorrow, but it feels like it should be today. I agree, hares are quite popular these days, but a real classic when it comes to William Morris. Thank you so much for dropping in or perhaps I should say 'hopping in, to be like hares.

Larissa said...

Thank you for sharing her work! I literally gasped when I saw her stunning tiles. I am dreaming of how to work her artwork in to our kitchen and third floor bath because it really feels as if her work was perfectly designed for the character of our 1898 home. :)

The Dusty Victorian said...

Dear Larissa,
You're very welcome, I'm pleased to know that you're an old home owner. Ms Philpott's work would definitely be suited to the vintage of your house and triggers the imagination. Thank you so much for dropping in and leaving a comment.
All my best for 2015.