When one thinks of floral arrangements, images of perfect bouquets and conventional centerpieces are likely to spring to mind. While these traditional takes on flower displays are undoubtedly rooted in art, many contemporary creatives have taken the craft to the next level with their artistic and unconventional arrangements.
Ranging from abstract studies of color and balance to figurative pieces reminiscent of drawings and paintings, the compositions showcase the striking beauty of botanicals. Additionally, each piece conveys the artist's unique interpretation of flower art and his or her approach to the unconventional and unexpected medium.
In a unique take on traditional floral arrangements, contemporary artists are arranging blooms into unconventional works of flower art.
Russian artist Marina Malinovaya combines her love of tea with her artistic interest in flowers to create exquisite and enchanting compositions. In her whimsical series, Floral Tea Story, teapots, cups, and mugs appear to elegantly overflow with flora, including colorful flowers, dried leaves, and delicate petals.
In his Natura Insects series, Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue fabricates delicate floral creatures. Composed of petals, stems, leaves, and buds, each insect demonstrates the unexpected beauty of bugs and showcases the artist's fascinating approach to nature-inspired art.
To create her exquisite floral portraits, Vicki Rawlins—one half of the creative duo, Sister Golden—employs everything from dried leaves to colorful succulents. Set against simple backdrops, each ephemeral piece highlights the flowers' natural beauty while also demonstrating their artistic—and unexpected—versatility. “All the foliage gets recycled back into Mother Nature once I take the photo,” Rawlins tells us via email. “I'm always very careful never to sneeze while I'm working!!”