Leo Starrs-Cunningham is a Scottish printmaker and painter and a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art. His style ranges from the geometrical to the natural and even figurative. He has worked in many print mediums, including woodcut, screenprint and digital. To me his most intriguing and immerse works combine the technical and natural, by digitally altering pictures of objects from the natural environment that frequently go unnoticed.
This set of digital prints was inspired by Starrs-Cunningham’s experiences visiting and exploring the Caledonian forest in Scotland. His Triptych, one panel of which is pictured here, features the inside of a flower blown up to nearly 80 centimeters in diameter. Starrs-Cunningham says that this enlargement makes the tiny insects that live inside the flower large and visible, when in reality they are only two or three millimeters in size. These tiny creatures, though not as noticeable as the impressive tall trees and larger animals that may be found in a forest, are just as essential to the forest’s natural balance.
Starrs-Cunningham’s other images of native Scottish flora use other digital techniques to alter the images and highlight specific aspects of their structure. As seen in his work featuring an enlarged image of a thistle, these alterations highlight details and fascinating, almost geometrical structures of natural specimens we might just pass over at any other time. By drawing attention to the unique sights these flowers offer when examined up close. Starrs-Cunningham emphasizes the role these seemingly insignificant plants have in sustaining a healthy environment.
If you’d like to see more of his works, or even purchase one of his prints, check out his website! He is also one of the founding members of Black Cube Collective, an organization to support young emerging artists and advance artistic practice in the UK and around the world.