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Kurt Po's Aloes on canvas are to die for. I want one in my imaginary house. Ever since I worked at Architectural Plants I have always loved the bold, cocky form of an Aloe. Those jagged, juicy leaves masquerading under the sun in one big powerful, thrilling, explosive stance. Kurt makes me love the structure of Aloes all the more though. There is something striking about the boldness of the hot inflorescence spikes being combined with the watery roots below - I seriously like the contrast. Furthermore, I particularly admire the dramatic dark tones at the base of every leaf. He goes so dark in some of the paintings it's quite remarkable and pretty daring. The risk of going so dark certainly pays off, giving every one of these plants strong form and structure. Nice work there Kurt!