'A Flower of the Mountain' is the title of a series of paintings by Philip Maltman, and of his upcoming solo exhibition. It takes its name from a quotation from James Joyce's novel 'Ulysses,' which has been a favourite book and source of inspiration to Maltman for decades. Such inspiration becomes the anchor for a floral explosion of paint that illustrates no recognisable element, but allows an improvised response to Joyce and the vagaries of landscape, colour and time.
With his bold brushstrokes, abstracted line work and inclusion of textual elements within painted work, Maltman creates a thought-provoking visual experience. His relationship with Cy Twombly's work and text collection goes back decades, and can be traced in the works in 'A Flower of the Mountain.' Though he never met Twombly in person, he has an ongoing correspondence with Nicola De Roscio, who was a close collaborator of Twombly.
Maltman's use of text may seem to come directly from Twombly, but, as he says, 'it actually originated in art school with handwritten poems on canvas long before I met the Americans.'