Tulips in a Vase
By Lesley Thomson

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Year
1992
Media
Watercolour
Subject Matter
Still Life and Flowers
Reg. Number
P270
Size
91.5 x 61 cm

This watercolour and ink painting employs a lively pen and wash technique. Thin ink pen lines are cross-hatched to give shape and tone to the tulips. Black ink drips in the background add an expressive freshness to the work. The yellow flowery wall paper almost overwhelms the foreground tulips but the red flowers in the wallpaper are washed in loosely with pools of colour thus contrasting with the sharper, more detailed rendering of the pink and purple tulips.

Lesley Thomson is an artist based in Aberdeen. She was commissioned to make some large textile pieces for public places and she has long believed in the importance of introducing art into healthcare environments and
researched this at Gray's School of Art for her PhD.

Lesley was born in 1965 and lives in Aberdeen. She says 'I trained firstly in design (textiles) gaining a first class honours from Grays School of Art. During this period I was lucky to have Malcolm McCoig, a first class printmaker as my tutor and he influenced my style of work and the decision to not focus on traditional textile design'. In 1988 she was awarded an M.A in Public Art, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee. She has collaborated with artists who have learning disabilities and exhibited work throughout Scotland.

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