Contemporary Botanical Artists in Middle and South America
Old and New South American Botanical Art
by M. Pilar San Pío Aladrén and Shirley Sherwood
This book was published in 2010 to accompany the exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew which was curated by Dr. Shirley Sherwood and Pilar de San Pío Aladren of the Real Jardín Botánico of Madrid.
The images in the exhibition - which are reflected in this catalogue - included 62 paintings from the Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid’s Mutis Collection (1783 – 1816) and 68 contemporary works from the Shirley Sherwood Collection. The paintings from Spain had never been on display before. The Mutis drawings provide an insight into the development of botanical illustration in the late 18th century.
Brazilian artists featured in the exhibition include the Demonte family, a dynasty of botanical painters, and the award winning Alvaro Núñez whose work focuses on the fruits of the trees of the savanna, Amazonia and Pantanal. The book also includes paintings of South American plants by non-South American artists.
Publisher: Real Jardín Botánico of Madrid
Paperback: 175 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Margaret Mee Artist Scholars
The Margaret Mee Fellowship Programme was founded to enable botanical illustrators from Brazil to train in botanical illustration in the UK at Kew Gardens. Christobel King has been the main tutor for the artist scholars on the programme.
A number of them have gone on to develop successful careers which involve working as a professional botanical illustrator and/or teaching botanical illustration.
Below is the list of Artist Scholars to date who have been funded by the programme.
20th century Artist Scholars (1989-2000)
21st century Artist Scholars (2001 - to date)
The Margaret Mee Fellowship Programme Artist Scholarship started again in 2015.
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