"'Would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, 'why you are painting those roses?' Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low voice, 'Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know. So you see, Miss, we're doing our best, afore she comes, to--' At this moment Five, who had been anxiously looking across the garden, called out 'The Queen! The Queen!' and the three gardeners instantly threw themselves flat upon their faces. There was a sound of many footsteps, and Alice looked round, eager to see the Queen'"
- Lewis Carroll
Wyecliffe Galleries are thrilled to unveil the title work from our first ever Virtual Exhibition. The final instalment in Darlington’s seminal Alice in Wonderland series, her homage to Lewis Carroll’s iconic novels draws to a close in spectacular fashion. Taking inspiration from the famous scene in which Alice joins the deck of cards and paints the roses red, collectors are treated to a full assembly of familiar characters including the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit. Collectors have eagerly anticipated Darlington’s version of The Rose Garden for years; be sure not to miss out on Kerry and Alice’s last adventure to Wonderland.
Featuring Darlington’s signature gloss resin finish and raised three-dimensional surface, the unique edition of Alice in the Rose Garden is no exception to the quality of work that collectors have come to expect. Creating the illusion of a glass-like finish, the roses have been rendered in innovative transparent elements which glimmer in the light. Attention to detail is everywhere, with diamond dust sealed beneath the finish highlighting areas such as the earrings worn by the Queen of Hearts.