Gladiolus And Turquoise. Acrylic on 70 x50 cm canvas


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Gladiolus And Turquoise

Gladiolus And Turquoise is painted on 30″ by 20″ canvas.  With vibrant bubblegum pinks and hidden purples. Each look reveals more detail. The vibrancy of this painting draws us in for a closer inspection.  A stunning piece which would hold space on any wall.


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The inspiration behind Gladiolus And Turquoise

Gifted to me by my children to celebrate another year around the sun. These gorgeous flowers always impress me, how they stand tall and hold their shape. Retaining their colour and place well in my studio space.

About Gladiolus And Turquoise

Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial cormous flowering plants in the iris family

It is sometimes called the ‘sword lily’, but is usually called by its generic name (plural gladioli).

The genus occurs in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa. The center of diversity is in the Cape Floristic Region.

  • Gladiolus is the birth flower of August.
  • Gladioli are the flowers associated with a fortieth wedding anniversary.
  • American Ragtime composer Scott Joplin composed a rag called “Gladiolus Rag”
  • “Gladiolus” was the word Frank Neuhauser correctly spelled to win the 1st National Spelling Bee in 1925.
  • The Australian comedian and personality Dame Edna Everage‘s signature flowers are gladioli, which she refers to as “gladdies”.
  • The Mancunian singer Morrissey is known to dance with gladioli hanging from his back pocket or in his hands, especially during the era of The Smiths. This trait of his was made known in the music video for “This Charming Man“, where he swung a bunch of yellow gladioli while singing.



About Aly 

Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator.  One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:

> Nominated 40 under 40

> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday

> Finalist in the East Side Awards

Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.

She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.

Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.

Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings.  Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.

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