Leslie Bostrom’s new series of large-scale oil paintings portray larger than life flowers growing in the overlooked corners of our environment. The vivid and imposing flowers take center stage, proudly occupying the foreground, but a closer look offers a glimpse into the more complex nature of their surroundings. Bostrom writes “I am interested in landscapes that could be anyplace, anytime, or are the parts of our surroundings that we do not look at, such as the side of a highway or deep in the garden. Hidden places. Discarded places. Generic places. Random places that have not been named, and are not sanctuaries. At these places, weird juxtapositions of animals, humans, things, plants, and insects are continuously forming and changing.”
Bostrom has exhibited and lectured extensively throughout the USA, including solo shows at the Brenda Taylor Gallery (New York, NY) and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY). Group shows include the Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI), DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA) and the New Bedford Art Museum (New Bedford, MA). She received her BA from the University of Maine and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently on the faculty at Brown University. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Brown University Soloman Grant. She is represented by Brenda Taylor Gallery in New York.