Criss Canning is one of Australia's finest painters of still-life. Botanically accurate yet aesthetic rather than scientific, her beautiful botanic studies are both enchantingly feminine and boldly minimalistic celebrations of colour. She works within a sharp modernist framework, whilst integrating traditional and contemporary references and techniques.
Canning compares the poppy to a dancer - the movement of its petals as it opens in the vase taking the form of a tutu. "They have a sense of dance about them.
These exquisite limited edition etchings Oriental Poppies and Pink Poppies have been inspired by some of Cannings most famous oils. Bold Japanese designs are enhanced by contrasting primary colour; particularly the artist's pervasive use of red.
Criss Canning is represented in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat; Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine; Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns; Artbank, Melbourne, and private collections in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.