Les Voyage de Bougainvilliers

June 15 – July 13, 2024

Les Voyages de Bougainvilliers: Triptych Series A, B, C, is a new series of paintings by Todd B. Richmond, conveying migrations of imagery that once had specific origins but are ubiquitous today.


The central blossom in each painting is inspired by a bougainvillea arbor on a mango farm in Pampanga, which made a lasting impression on the artist during his first visit to the Philippines in the mid-1990s.


These works allude to the time when the bougainvillea began its global voyage, and its origins in South America. Though named after Louise-Antoine de Bougainville, the admiral of the 1766 French expedition, the colorful plant was collected by a botanist’s assistant, Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself as a man to be permitted on the ship’s worldwide circumnavigation.


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