Forbidden Flowers – 2014
30 x 20 Inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm) – Oil on wood – The Golden Mean – Titanium braced
Painting by Chris Spencer based on Photography by Ülric
Ülric is on a photo field trip in Northern Minnesota. Stepping out the front door in dawn’s early light to walk Pako the Yorky, he is amazed to see a garden facing the sun and backed by native stone. They are soft pink ‘cypripedioideae ‘ “Lady Slippers” – the State Flower and they carry a 1927 ban on their cultivation! The array of almost 36 such plants takes his breath away Minnesota.
A quick trip back inside the hillside home captures their early morning radiance on digital film in a vintage Kodak pocket camera.
When the home owners (and hosts) were asked about cultivating forbidden flower, both husband and wife make note these flowers were going to die in the ditch in which they were found – spring floods would seal their doom. “No way” they said – these quintessential orchards would find a home at their secluded Northwood’s ranch. To Ülric ‘s knowledge – these beauties still bloom annually and the address remains closely held . . .
Artist Chris Spencer, drawing on her impressionistic skills honed over a number of years teaching and working with her muse at her studio in Assisi, Italy, transformed this digital print taken on a pocket-sized Kodak camera – the only one readily available – into a Gerhard Richter composition – art over photography. . .
Reserve Price $29.5 Million – appreciation estimate 15 percent – ten years. Portrait sighed by both artists.