Biophilia: a new series of oil paintings

I’m working on a new series of work based on a new word that I learned recently: biophilia.

Biophilia” is an innate affinity of life or living systems. The term was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital.


Over the past six months, I’ve been painting flowers. I painted my first series, Florescense, intuitively without reference. In my second floral series, Abundance, I began the series painting intuitively, and slowly as the painting of the series progressed, I started using reference for some of the pieces. I felt that I was connecting more to the plants and getting more of a benefit for my own emotional state by bringing flowers into my studio to work from. I painted both of these first series in acrylic paint.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve become engrossed in painting my next series. I recently took an online oil painting class to learn more about the techniques and methods of using the medium, and I’ve been experimenting with it. The richness and sculptural quality of the paints are fabulous. I have to admit that I am in love.

See the first two completed paintings of the series below. (Click on images or links to see the listings in my shop.)

Biophilia 1, abstract floral painting in oil on canvas Tracy Algar

Biophilia #1

The painting above is the first painting that I completed in the series. I’m very happy with the way it has come out. 75 x 75 cm on a 4cm deep stretched canvas with painted sides.

biophilia 2 - abstract botanical oil painting - tracy algar

Biophilia #2

The second in the series, this one is 54 x 40 cm on a 2cm deep stretched canvas with painted sides

Where to from here?

Definitely a whole lot more of these paintings. There are another couple almost complete, so keep an eye on my Instagram feed, or better still, sign up for my studio email updates to be the first to see new work.


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