This piece is one of a series of prints created by Robert Batchelor in 1992. Batchelor was best known for his colourful screen prints of gardens and flowers, made up in many layers of different coloured inks for a colourful, textured appearance. This print is from a series reflecting his passion for gardens and flowers. It depicts a blue-green vase holding several white peony blooms with gold stamens. The vase is set upon a white surface against a background of blues and greys. The flowers are in full bloom: the darker background helps to set off the bright colours of the peony heads.
Robert Batchelor was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1929, the son of a Guyanese mother and an Aberdonian father. He moved to Scotland in 1946 to study at the Gray’s School of Art – now part of Robert Gordon University—and taught art at several schools. In 1974 he was one of a group of artists who established Peacock Printmakers, now Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen. Batchelor spent twenty years teaching at Aberdeen Girls’ High School before retiring in 1986 to become a full-time artist. His work has been exhibited in the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy and his work is held in private and public collections around the world. He died in 2010.