John Pirman’s Artwork Captures Selby Gardens’ Warhol Exhibition in Commemorative Poster

April 2, 2018

A limited run of a keystone image from the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series will first be available April 11.

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SARASOTA, Fla. – April 2, 2018: Noted illustrator and Sarasota resident John Pirman has created a commemorative poster for the latest exhibition at Selby G

ardens, Warhol: Flowers in the Factory. A limited run of the posters showcase the multi-colored, tillandsia-featuring framed window box that overlooks Sarasota Bay. It was a scene that captured the artist’s imagination when he saw it during the opening night this past February, he said. 

“The idea was unexpected…but I think it strongly represents the show,” Pirman said. “The colorful inspiration by the water with the bromeliads and Golden Gate Point shining through the panels made a bold visual statement.”

Pirman first created the image on the cover to feature in his recurring “Only in Sarasota” visual column in Sarasota Magazine for its April issue. Upon viewing a draft of the work, Selby Gardens’ leadership asked Pirman if the piece could be made into a poster for guests to have available as a memento from their visits.

“The scene that fascinated  John has been a favorite photo stop for so many of our guests, and I know this will be a popular piece,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “To have an illustrator of John’s talent in our hometown, who is known for paying tribute to the places that make our community unique is a real treasure .”

The commemorative posters will first be available for purchase on April 11 at Warhol Nights, an evening viewing of the exhibition, which also includes a performance by the Sarasota Ballet, as well as food and drinks. Tickets for the event are available at www.selby.org. Pirman will sign copies of the commemorative 18” x 24” posters, which are offered at $34.95.

Pirman’s editorial art has been featured in magazines like Vogue, Fortune, Cosmo, Forbes, Time, Travel & Leisure and many more. For 15 years The Museum of Modern Art has included his holiday cards in their retail store, and he designed shopping bags for Bloomingdales and Estee Lauder. Other clients include One World Observatory, NYC, J.McLaughlin, American Express, Pfizer, Macy’s and The Ringling. His work can be viewed at www.johnpirman.com.

Warhol: Flowers in the Factory is the second exhibition in the Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which connects fine arts exhibitions to nature and to the botanical collections in the gardens. “Warhol: Flowers in the Factory” has been made possible by generous support from lead sponsors Amicus Foundation, Betsy and Doug Elder, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  A full listing of supporters, as well as a schedule of events, lectures and classes related to the exhibition is updated frequently at www.selby.org.

Since opening to the public in 1975, Selby Gardens has been internationally recognized for its focus as the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display of epiphytes. Its Museum of Botany & the Arts, housed in the historic 1934 Payne Mansion, has featured artwork celebrating the natural world since 1979.  

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; All access admission during the exhibition is $25 adults, $15 children ages 4-17. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.

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