A Flower of the Mountain: A Solo Exhibition by Philip Maltman

‘A FLOWER OF THE MOUNTAIN', a new collection of works by the artist Philip Maltman. The exhibition will run from 7th – 27th June, and the private viewing will be held on Thursday 16th June from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  This is a series of paintings by Philip Maltman which takes its name from a quote from James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses,’ which has been a favourite book and source of inspiration to the artist for decades.   Such inspiration becomes the anchor for a floral explosion of paint that illustrates no recognisable element but allows an improvised response to his passion for Joyce, painting, the vagaries of landscape, colour and time.  


The use of paint and text echoes also one of his favourite paintings, Cy Twombly’s Wilder Shores of Love.  Maltman’s relationship with Cy Twombly’s work and text collection goes back decades, and although he has never met him in person, he has an ongoing correspondence with Nicola De Roscio, who was a close collaborator of Twombly.   Maltman’s use of text may seem to come directly from Twombly, but, as he says, ‘it actually originated in art school with handwritten poems on canvas long before I met the Americans.’  


Philip Maltman is a Scottish artist who has produced paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and written works for over 40 years. He works with oil on canvas, numerous brushes, pencils, crayons, rags, and his own fingers. His works are delightfully chaotic and thickly layered with texture and a subtle colour palette.