Mollie Favour @ Cabana Home, Santa Barbara


September 17, 2011 - November 5, 2011


Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art +Architecture, presents a solo exhibition with contemporary painter, Mollie Favour.  In this current exhibition, Favour creates lush and sensual abstractions of the leaves, flowers and reproductive systems of the figs and nasturtiums filtered through her imagination; yet, informed by a rich understanding of the history of botanical illustration.  Combining the careful observations of the botanist and the intuitive understanding of an artist, the paintings operate in both microscopic and macroscopic scales offering insight to the dimension of another world. 

In the artist’s work, seeds have the essence of hope for the future, the potential for metamorphosis and a glimpse into the infinite.  The sprawling nasturtiums and the noble fig are perhaps commonplace to gardeners in Southern California, yet the artist draws our attention to their distinctive shapes, structures, colors, and textures.  Favour began her study of figs along the steep winding alleys of the Tuscan hilltop city of Cortona and her fascination has continued visits to the back-yards of homes across Southern California.  These plants are distinctive as the fig’s flowers are encapsulated on the inside of its fruit and pollinated by wasps whereas the nasturtium’s feathery flowers of striking color belie its seeming weed like ability to overtake whole hillsides.

Mollie Favour has exhibited since 1976 at numerous galleries around the United States, France and Italy. She has numerous public commissions including one of the largest handmade theater curtains in the world and murals for the Venice Public Library.  Favour has been visiting professor at the University of Georgia, Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy

Mollie Favour, New Works, is the ninth in an on-going sequence of exhibitions organized by gallerist Edward Cella of Art+ Architecture in collaboration with Caroline and Steven Thompson, principals of Cabana Home.  Through regular presentation of new and notable contemporary artists in Santa Barbara, the ongoing series constructs a dialog between artists and collectors in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and beyond.

Quick Info:

September 17- November 5, 2011

Artist Talk by Mollie Favour 

Saturday, September 17, 2011/4pm

Saturday, September 17, 2011/4:30-6:00pm

111 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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