Red Cirrhopetalum, (in black and white), Wild Orchids of Asia (2001)
Acrylic painting by Gordon Tardio


  • Acrylic painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 21 × 31 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

I’m an orchid collector, grower, breeder. To me these epiphyte plants are floating nature sculptures and a great inspiration. Often the flowers have this Zen quality of appearing very briefly to change the complete look of an otherwise sleepy foliage attached to a tree trunk. And yes, there are wild orchids whose flowers look like this…
I’ve long been inspired by this type of orchid, and yes there is one whose flowers are glistening red!
But here, painted in black & white, I create a totally different mood from the colour version of this painting. Here also, the handmade paper’s natural texture and slight yellowing over time just enhances the mood.
The paper I use is a traditional handmade mulberry paper from Thailand. The paper is a thick parchment paper, strong yet pliable. I have the paper made to this size to get the deckled edges which adds to the textural effect. The close up picture is of higher resolution to be able to get a better feel for the texture and brush strokes of the painting.

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Materials used:

acrylic colour on handmade Thai mulberry paper (kada sa), deckled edge

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