With this latest collection of floral paintings, Ilinca Ghibu invites the viewer into a dreamlike world of gardens and flower markets, where every bloom seems to radiate with color and life. With her expressive brushstrokes and her floral imagination, the artist has created a series of images that blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy.
Whether we are gazing up at a field of wildflowers, admiring a bouquet at a market stall, or floating on the surface of a pond, these paintings capture the essence of the artist’s imaginary world in all its beauty and complexity. Some works suggest an outdoor setting, with glimpses of sky and clouds peeking through the foliage, while others suggest an indoor space, with the soft glow of artificial light casting a warm and inviting ambiance.
Throughout the collection, there is a sense of density and richness that evokes the vibrant chaos of a bustling flower market or a lush garden in full bloom. Small flowers are scattered throughout each composition, inviting us to explore every inch of the canvas. Yet despite this density, there is a lightness and airiness to the works that gives them a dreamy quality, as if we are seeing the world through the eyes of a dreamer.
As an expressive floral painter, I am inspired by the universal and timeless character of flowers. In my paintings, I strive to capture their soft, whimsical, and romantic qualities, as well as the sense of nostalgia that they evoke.
I use acrylic paint because of its versatility, which allows me to create delicate washes as well as build up heavy layers of paint. My painting process is unplanned and spontaneous, as I allow the brushstrokes and colors to guide me. I enjoy the back and forth of the painting process, constantly adjusting and refining the composition until a balance is reached. My floral compositions are often a little bit broken and imperfect, reflecting the ephemeral nature of the beautiful blooms.
Through my expressive floral paintings, I invite the viewer to enter my imaginary world where the floral atmosphere transports him to a playful, ethereal universe, without reference and entirely free.