Artists and photographers Madeline and Robert Longstreet have combined talents to portray their inspired interpretation of home and garden. This collection is their own unique blend of alternative photography and contemporary printmaking combined with a personal journey through the natural world.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Madeline attended Washington University in St. Louis and earned a BFA. She studied painting with Elaine DeKooning which inspired a series of portraits. Subsequently, a love of horticulture and gardens lead to large-scale, botanical, watercolor, and oil paintings.
Robert studied art Washington University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design. A student of Barbara Crane, Robert concentrated on alternative processes of photography. Solo shows followed after graduation, expressing an interest in color and southern architectural elements.
Their work graces international projects, private collections, showrooms and galleries.
This collaborative work, using film to create giant negatives, mixing proprietary emulsion, and creating their own cameras, is characterized by the unexpected way these elements help to interpret the architectural structure and patterns found in nature. Their large-scale, iconic forms and minimalist designs convey a hand-crafted painterly quality with exceptional detail.
The stylized simplicity and scale of their work, some seven feet tall and often in multiple panels, gives art history precedence to Japanese screens and ink paintings. Other historical influences on their work include English botanicals as well as the Bauhaus art movement, known for its combinations of art, craft and technology