5 artists inspired by flowers

From Banksy to Van Gogh

Flowers have always been a major source of inspiration for artists, from Old Masters to contemporary fashion designers. We have listed our favourites for you!

Vincent Van Gogh

Obviously he has to be on the list. If we had to guess what Vincent Van Gogh’s favourite flower is, we’d go for sunflowers


Graffiti artist and political activist  Banksy created one of his most famous works on a garage wall in the West Bank, Jerusalem. The message is loud and clear: peace! 

banksy flower throwerAzuma Makoto

Azuma Makoto's sculptures are fabulously beautiful. Flowers trapped in ice suddenly show a whole new side of the blooms.  

Azuma Makoto Exhibition “ICED FLOWERS”

Gareth Pugh

Fashion - both haute couture and ready-to-wear - has always included botanical elements. Many a designer has designed a floral dress, and this year (S/S 2015) we fell in love with Gareth Pugh’s. Might his favourite flower be the lily?

gareth pugh

Kenneth Cobonpue

The bloom lounge chair by Kenneth Cobonpue really is a picture. The design (2009), based on an awakening flower, won a host of well-deserved design awards. 

kenneth cobonpue bloom chair

If you fancy some more art and flowers, three different artists have created a contemporary interpretation of Rachel Ruysch’s historic floral still-life for our high end online magazine The Green Gallery

Martyn Thompson