Laurent Darrieux, is the creator of the Burton Style of Bonsai design and author of the recently released publication “Cosmic Bonsai".
In our discussion with Laurent, we discuss the origins of the Burton Style and how his early years of traditional Bonsai education gave him the foundational skills to explore unique and daring aesthetics. We also get an insight into Laurent’s views on cultural appropriation ond it’s impact on how Bonsai is practised around the world.
As with all artists forging new ground, Laurent’s work and opinions evoke polarising feelings, which above anything else, cannot be ignored.
Tony and I felt like we only got to scratch the surface with Laurent and will be endeavouring to have him back for some detailed discussions on the process of executing Burton Style compositions.