At The Crown, Hastings 
Exhibition of New Paintings by Rosa Doyle – August 2019

Rosa Doyle’s latest exhibition, ‘Market Garden’, is inspired by an unlikely source: her local veg box scheme, Peapod Veg. As a long-time vegetarian and Buddhist practitioner, Rosa was immediately drawn to Peapod thanks to their strong ethical stance, organic farming methods and love for the land – not to mention their delicious vegetables! But it was the aesthetic beauty and vibrancy of the produce that inspired this collection. With her typical keen eye for colour and innate sensitivity to the natural world, Rosa celebrates the wonder and variety of her weekly veg box in these lush and vivid watercolour paintings. As she says: ‘My Peapod delivery is always a magical surprise, appearing on my doorstep like a treasure chest full of beautiful and precious jewels’.

These latest works pick up on themes from an earlier exhibition: 2018’s ‘Fruit Saloon’. Here Rosa exhibited natural pigment paintings of Peruvian fruit and vegetables she made during a residency in the Amazon jungle. All the pigments were 100% natural and handmade using locally foraged materials including earth, clay, stones from local rivers, bark from trees and crushed seeds. This method of creation put Rosa deeply in touch with the land and the artistic heritage of the Peruvian people.

The ‘Market Garden’ paintings are a vivid celebration of local food production, deeply rooted in Rosa’s chosen hometown of Hastings. She hopes to inspire many more local residents to explore the exciting possibilities of small-scale, environmentally sound, organic farming and maybe even sign up for their own veg boxes! And in encouraging us to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the everyday Rosa offers us a precious insight into the wonder and delight that can be found all around us – even in a humble box of vegetables.

Opening reception and market gardeners questions with Abby and Thad
from Peapod Veg on Wednesday 14th August 6-9pm.
All pieces original and for sale. For more information please contact [email protected]

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