‘Plight of the Iris’ by David Rice
Artist: David Rice
Title: ‘Plight of the Iris’
Medium: Acrylic on Panel
Dimensions: 24” x 36”
Year of Creation: 2017
About the Artwork:
“Like much of my work, this piece combines subjects that don’t normally exist together. It raises the question of what is out of place, the flower or the fish? My use of colorful geometric shapes is meant to bring a harmony to these two characters that wouldn’t normally be interacting together.
Growing up, my mother had a garden with all sorts of flowers, including Irises. Every year the leaf of the Iris would grow but the plant would never produce a flower. It was always a bit of a mystery as to why they wouldn’t reach their full potential. I think it needed something we could not provide for it. A new balance to help it become what it was meant to be.” – David Rice
About the Artist:
XPLR (ex^plore) studios is the creation of David Rice, artist, illustrator and designer. Its goal is to showcase the past and current projects he has done for clients as well as his personal work. Much of David’s work focuses on the themes of nature and its personifying characteristics. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, he has a special connection with the outdoors. David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter.
Melding together an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence. The combination of the organic with the human engineered. This speaks to how instead of only a natural world existing, or one that is manmade, the two can coexist harmoniously if the dominant party yields to this cohesive existance. A balance is needed for both parties to survive.
He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.