Here comes the sun(flowers)
“I regard Van Gogh as one of the greatest painters of all time,” says Peter Layton rather uncontroversially, going on, “Interpreting his ‘Sunflowers’ in glass has been both enormously challenging and extremely rewarding.” It’s certainly been worth it because after extensive experimentation – which took up to a year - he has translated the Dutch painter’s masterpiece expertly to glass, floating his radiant sunflowers on a cool blue background. Each piece of the range is unique, hand-blown in the artist’s London studio, signed by Layton and comes with a certificate of authenticity. You can see – and purchase – the range at the Biscuit Factory’s autumn show which features work from more than 250 artists, including headline artist Raquel Alvarez Sardina with her still life paintings of fruit and flowers; Holly Rees – who uses painting as a means of examining the way in which we experience and understand landscape; and portrait artist Dan Cimmermann, who explores the way the face can be manipulated or decorated to be representational of a community.
Biscuit Factory Autumn Show, until 5 November, Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle. thebiscuitfactory.com