Duo of exhibitions celebrate the work of British artist Cedric Morris

May Flowering Irises No. 2, 1935 Sir Cedric Morris Oil on canvas © Philip Mould & Company Courtesy the Cedric Morris Estate

In two upcoming exhibitions at the Garden Museum and Philip Mould & Company (both 18 April – 22 July 2018), the work of iconic artist Cedric Morris will be showcased with a particular focus on his landscape and plant paintings.

Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall will exhibit over twenty of the "finest examples" of Morris’ landscape paintings from 1908-1971. While Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman consists of 34 paintings, the majority of which are on loan from private collections and have never been seen in public before.

David Bowie was said to be a fan of the artist, and a painting previously in his collection – Italian Hill Town (1922) – will be on show at Philip Mould & Company later this month.

Mentor of Lucian Freud, friends with social and artistic tastemakers such as Peggy Guggenheim and Elizabeth David, and – according to those closest to him – an artist who could rival Matisse, Cedric Morris was one of the most influential and assured British painters of the 20th century. Morris is unique in the fact that he achieved national stature both as a painter and plantsman.

For more information visit gardenmuseum.org.uk and philipmould.com.

Connemara Landscape 1936, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland 24 x 29 in (60.9 x 73.7 cm) Oil on canvas ©Philip Mould & Company

Connemara Landscape 1936, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland 24 x 29 in (60.9 x 73.7 cm) Oil on canvas ©Philip Mould & Company

Italian Hill Town 1922, Northern Italy 211⁄2 x 231⁄2 in (55 x 60 cm) Oil on canvas ©Philip Mould & Company Previously in the collection of David Bowie.

Italian Hill Town 1922, Northern Italy 211⁄2 x 231⁄2 in (55 x 60 cm) Oil on canvas ©Philip Mould & Company Previously in the collection of David Bowie.

Pill Mill and Black Headed Gulls 1929, Babergh, Suffolk, England 251⁄2 x 32 in (64.8 x 81.2 cm) Oil on canvas ©Philip Mould & Company

Pill Mill and Black Headed Gulls 1929, Babergh, Suffolk, England 251⁄2 x 32 in (64.8 x 81.2 cm) Oil on canvas ©Philip Mould & Company

Cotyledon and Eggs, 1944 Sir Cedric Morris Oil on canvas © Colchester Art Society Courtesy the Cedric Morris Estate

Cotyledon and Eggs, 1944 Sir Cedric Morris Oil on canvas © Colchester Art Society Courtesy the Cedric Morris Estate

Cedric Morris, c.1930 Sir Cedric Morris Oil on canvas © National Portrait Gallery, London 5407 Courtesy the Cedric Morris Estate

Cedric Morris, c.1930 Sir Cedric Morris Oil on canvas © National Portrait Gallery, London 5407 Courtesy the Cedric Morris Estate