Friday, June 23
10am coffee & light brunch / 11am lecture
Refreshments provided by Greenology and The Farmer’s Grind
Over three decades, Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff has often traded his traditional artist studio for the expansive possibilities of working directly in these exquisite settings, immersing himself in terrains both near and far—from Lunuganga in tropical Sri Lanka to the Aegean Island of Sifnos. Translating the immediate and sublime presence of nature with painterly impressions en plein air, Brechneff pays homage to the resplendent beauty of the garden and the visionaries who created them. Among them are the gardens of masterful designers such as Geoffrey Bawa, Bruce Kelly, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli.
Brechneff’s book Into the Garden invites readers to take an unprecedented around-the-world exploration into the splendor of tantalizing and heretofore private gardens so lusciously rendered through Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff’s vivid expressions and gestures in watercolor, oil, and gouache.
Born in the former Belgian Congo, artist Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff has exhibited his drawings and paintings in galleries across Europe and the United States. Educated in Switzerland, England, and the United States, he received his master of art degree in 1975 from the Royal College of Art in London. In addition to winning awards such as the Swiss Federal Government Scholarship, his paintings appear in public and private collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He divides his time between Hadlyme, CT, New York City, and St. Martin.