Tulip Portraits

This series of portraits capturing tulips as they age hopes to inspire a sense of zen in the viewer.
Sarah Templeton
Published on November 21, 2022


Can art impact your mood? A multitude of psychological studies on collections such as Rothko's block-coloured works would say yes — so it's time to put that theory to the test.

Auckland artist Carl Green's exhibition Tulip Portraits is the result of a month-long practice of photographing tulips in his small studio, discovering subtle differences in each flower as they aged.

Now those portraits are on show, and Green invites stressed and burnt-out Aucklanders to come "spend a moment" with each portrait.

Creating the series was a cathartic and meditative practice the artist — a sense of wellbeing he hopes translates through viewing them

Whether you're in need of a little zen or you just love tulips, you can find the exhibition for another week at Allpress Studio, attached to Caffetteria Allpress on Drake Street. Grab a coffee — or perhaps a calming tea — and check it out before it finishes on Friday, November 25.


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