Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature

11 May 2012 - 09 Sep 2012

Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries

Drawn from the NGC collections, this exhibition looks at the ways in which nature has been an enduring subject for artists over the centuries. A source of curiosity, consolation and spiritual regeneration, nature’s complexity, its vulnerability and beauty have all been expressed in forms that are epic, analytical, and intimate. Each one of these approaches is represented in this installation of some 100 photographs, prints, drawings, paintings and installations of gardens, landscape and the small creatures that inhabit these spaces.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Art in the Courtyards by Lorraine Gilbert
Beaux-Arts and Tin House Courts
In the Byward Market, Ottawa

This outdoor installation features work by Lorraine Gilbert, a renowned Ottawa artist and landscape photographer. Gilbert’s large-scale digital photographs of nature do not represent a single moment in time, but rather they are a seamless montage of hundreds of images recorded over many months.

This display explores the creative process that led to Gilbert’s photographic mural La Macaza, Laurentians, Quebec (2010). This digital mural relates to two works by the photographer in the exhibition Flora and Fauna, now on view at the National Gallery of Canada.

Video: Landscape photographer Lorraine Gilbert explains the creative process in her large-scale digital landscapes.

In collaboration with the National Capital Commission.

Robert H. Holmes  <em>Moccasin Flower</em> (detail), c. 1918  <br>National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa  <br>Photo © NGC

Robert H. Holmes Moccasin Flower (detail), c. 1918
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Photo © NGC