Botanical paintings don't have to be just pretty pictures of flowers; they can contain many more layers than that. And British-Cypriot-Turkish artist Mustafa Hulusi's new show, 'Cyprus Realism', is a great example.
His botanical oil paintings depict the beautiful (yet toxic) Oleander plant. Created in a hyper-realist style, they evoke both propaganda images from the early 20th Century and the kitsch pastel-coloured art that was popular in the 1970s.
The artist's stated aim is "to capture a memory and its internal perception". And its no coincidence that a sense of unease runs right through these paintings; the sense of nostalgic loss is almost palpable.
The paintings are just one part of his show, which also features a multi-channel video work and a large-scale ceramic tile installation. The overall aim and theme of the exhibition are to continue Hulusi's enquiry into the topic of ethics and aesthetics and warn us of the tendencies of technologies to be co-opted by dominant powers.
'Cyprus Realism' is at PiArtworks, 55 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EG until 11 May.