Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE, our 2024 floral series, pays homage to remarkable artists spanning various disciplines. Each curated show will be a unique experience, featuring talented florists from each city creating incredible fresh floral mannequins inspired by accomplished artists integral to cultural organizations and vibrant art scenes around the world, from contemporary visionaries and trailblazers, to Masters throughout history.

Art has always been at the core of the cultural fabric of Fleurs de Villes, starting with the stars of all our shows, the floral artists who create our floral sculptures and mannequins, often imbued with social and cultural significance, just like other works of art. In addition, some of the most popular and award-winning floral mannequins from our FEMMES global show theme were artists across multiple disciplines. In Vancouver we paid tribute to Canadian painter Emily Carr, complete with her pet monkey, in the foyer of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Hands down the most popular and intriguing female artist we have paid tribute to is German-Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who appeared in several cities. Known as the Queen of Polka Dots, Japanese-born art-phenomenon Yayoi Kusama was featured at our Southern Californian FEMMES show, and in the art form of dance, we honored Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. In Melbourne, we featured the ground breaking opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, for whom Melba toast is named. American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s floral art was so revolutionary in the early manifestation of the women’s movement in the U.S., it merited its own article in our popular JOURNAL. Other artists whose work is significantly influenced by flowers that we have explored at length in JOURNAL include contemporary American Wunderkind Kehinde Wiley, Marie Antoinette portraitist Elisabeth Vigee le Brun, pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and of course the Dutch Masters, whose floral aesthetic was the artistic inspiration for Fleurs de Villes from the outset.

For more stories like these, visit the Culture section of JOURNAL.

From visual arts to theatre to dance, this is just a small sampling of the art forms that have bloomed at our shows, and we felt it was time to dedicate an entire global theme to the arts.

We hope you will follow along on our ARTISTE journey this year, in the cities where you live and visit, as well as around the world as we celebrate and tell the inspiring stories of the arts through history to the present day with flowers.