Poppy Love
Poppy Love, 2010
oil on linen
57 1/2 x 44 7/8 inches

From Ana, With Love

A Children's Dialogue in the Language of Flowers
Ana Tzarev Gallery, New York
23 February - 10 March 2012

In 2011, Ana Tzarev debuted her latest floral paintings at the Santralistanbul modern art museum. The exhibition, "Ana Tzarev Exposed: A Secret Garden," featured vivid, energetic and colourful flowers from around the world. These bold new works by Tzarev symbolized friendship, love and compassion. By sharing her love of flowers with the viewer, Tzarev invited the audience to be a part of her secret garden - an intimate moment between the artist and her love of nature.

In conjunction with Tzarev’s exhibition, children from the Mansion House Nursery School in Istanbul were invited to walk through the exhibit and learn more about her artwork. Afterwards, the children worked directly with the artist, creating their very own secret gardens; inspired by Tzarev’s intense and lively palette the children created pictures with pigmented crayons. The pictures represent their happiness, love, and friendship. The result was intimate and colorful drawings expressing sincere love for their new far away New York friends. These works were then exhibited at Ana Tzarev in New York.

In response to the drawings created by the children of Istanbul, Tzarev hosted a corresponding workshop in New York City. Echoing the workshop in Istanbul, Tzarev welcomed young children from various schools including the Ataturk School, Vanderbilt YMCA of Greater New York and Japanese Children’s Society in New York. After viewing both Tzarev’s paintings and the children’s drawings, they reciprocated their expressions of friendship by creating their own drawings for their Turkish friends in Istanbul. These drawings, alongside the original drawings from Istanbul, are shown in parallel with an intimate selection of Tzarev’s floral paintings. Entitled "From Ana, With Love: A Children’s Dialogue in the Language of Flowers", there are a total of 40 drawings in this exhibition. By displaying all types of flowers, Tzarev, partnering with the Consulate General of Turkey in New York and the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, has created a unique and very special exhibition.