Pointillism in lotus ink at Serindia Gallery

A painting made from lotus ink by Morrison Polkinghorne.

Australian artist and weaver Morrison Polkinghorne exhibits his grey- and grey-black-toned paintings made from lotus stems and artisanal petal ink at the "148913: Paths Of The Lotus Ink" exhibition, which is running at Serindia Gallery until June 30.

On display are 26 prints of various sizes showing his unique concept of pointillism, using the lotus as both theme and application. Lotus stems are his paintbrush and his unique ink is made from charred lotus petals distilled with rainwater collected in Battambang, Cambodia, where he currently resides.

The recipe for his ink is a trade secret, honed from long years studying with artisanal papermakers and traditional woodblock printers across the region.

Inspired by impressionist pointillism, Morrison entitles each piece from the total of lotus strokes, or points, on each paper, finally applying this number along with his artist's signature.

His art typically consists of vertical and horizontal rows of varying depths of darkness. Each line complements the last, as if rising from the base to the top. The pieces emerge in the way a lotus flower grows.

This exhibition follows Morrison's previous sell-out show at Amansara in Siem Reap, former residence of HRM King Norodum Sihanouk. The hotel's Khmer Moderne architectural lines and cool monochrome colours showcased Morrison's lotus series perfectly.

Serindia Gallery is on Charoen Krung Road and is open from Tuesday until Sunday, 11am-7pm.

Call 02-238-6410 or visit http://serindiagallery.com.