This is for anyone organising a botanical art exhibition in 2017 and all those who like going to see them.
I've been updating the pages for botanical art exhibitions in the UK and North America. I think that I've finally got all the botanical art exhibitions listed for 2017 to date - on these two pages.
I've also changed the structure of the EXHIBITIONS section of the website as the menu length was expanding as I kept adding in more pages for more exhibitions!
So here's how it works now:
Do PLEASE let me know of any proper exhibition of botanical art in 2017 (or 2018) in your area that deserves to be listed.
Note: I'm always happy to receive good images of an art society exhibition for use on various page of this website.
The Margaret Flockton Award is for Excellence in Contemporary Scientific Botanical Illustration - and entries for the 2017 Award open and close very soon.
Some consider it the premier award for strict botanical illustration for reproduction in scientific journals. A lot of the people who enter are professional botanical illustrators working for or with botanical gardens all over the world.
It's also a valuable Award given that
Illustrators from around the world submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of the plant, clearly highlighting all of the distinctive features of the species. Original taxonomic illustrations are highly detailed black and white drawings primarily undertaken in pen and ink, pencil or digitally rendered.
Call for Entries: Margaret Flockton Award 2017
Entries for The Margaret Flockton Award 2017 have to be submitted between 1 Feb and 28 Feb 2017.
Works must have been produced after February 2015 - but there has been an important change for the 2017 Award.....
Changes to note: 2017 Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition
The Award is
Works selected for exhibition will be on display later this year in May at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Hopefully the move to digital entries will mean that we might also see the exhibition travelling to other parts of the world where entries can be printed and mounted or framed for exhibition.
I know I'd love to see the Margaret Flockton Award exhibition either at the RHS Botanical Art Show or at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery!
I've come across an interview with Susannah Blaxill, the renowned Australian botanical artist who painted that beetroot! (which I wrote about earlier this year - see Susannah Blaxill's beetroot and a magnifying glass)
I found the interview today as a link on her website. I found it an absolutely fascinating and learned a lot - I hope you do too. You can also find Susannah writing about her art on her website
The interview between Susannah Blaxill and Zoneone Arts covers the following topics
There is nothing worse than discovering that something is not right when 50%, or even worse 90% of the painting is completed. It is actually a waste of time to rush this early stage.
I have found over the years that it is more important to give students information and skills that they can build on rather than attempting to encourage them to produce finished paintings.
I think that drawing and painting onion skin gives me more pleasure than almost anything else.
To depict in art the richness of an older face with all the signs of age is so much more interesting than the perfection of the skin of a super model. It is the same with plants – the dying leaves of the pear tree gives the artist so much more scope to explore the ravages of time.
NOTE: Zoneone Arts aims to is to provide online interviews that showcase the full range of contemporary arts and crafts happening in Australia and across the world.
You can find out more about other contemporary Australian botanical artists on my website.
I have a NEW WEBSITE PAGE about the Hunt International Exhibitions of Botanical Art & Illustration which I've been working on for some time.
What this means is that rather than listing the artists by exhibition, they are listed by where they live (or lived at the time of the exhibition - a few have since moved).
This means you can see which countries have done well in terms of artists having paintings or illustrations or fine art prints accepted for exhibitions in the Hunt in recent years
The top five countries in the 6 exhibitions held in the last 15 years are:
Now does that list surprise you?. I guessed the first four places correctly and wasn't sure which would come fifth!
I'm going to be using the listing of artists who've exhibited at the Hunt along with the listings of RHS Gold Medal Winners as another key source for developing my lists of important contemporary botanical artists and illustrators by continent.
If you've not explored these as yet, I have pages on my website which list the important contemporary botanical artists and illustrators (with a short bio and a link to their website)
I certainly don't have everybody listed as yet who should be! I'm working my way around the world, adding me people in gradually over time. (I'm about to start a major update of the Japanese section).
This new list of people who have recently exhibited at the Hunt is going to help a lot!
The Artist & the Botanical Collector: the Lost Works of Lovegrove & Bäuerlen - opens at the Museum of Sydney on 13 August 2016 until 20 November 2016.
The Artist & the Botanical Collector explores the partnership between
Part 1 of the book Wildflowers of New South Wales by William Baeuerlen and Gertrude Lovegrove was published in Sydney by Angus & Robertson in January 1891. However it was only 12 pages long.
The link in the title of the book (and the image) is to the digitised version of the book in the Digital Collection of the National Library of Australia
It has been intended that The Wild Flowers of New South Wales it would comprise 25 parts, part 1 of was published in Sydney. However further parts never came to fruition and there are now only a handful of copies of the first part are known to be held in Australian public collections.
The exhibition will feature
NOTE: A substantial part of Bäuerlen's collections are held at:
Links: Encyclopedia of Australian Science - Biographical Entry: Baeuerlen, William (1840 - 1917)
Visit the Exhibition:
Where: Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House (Cnr Bridge and Phillip streets, Sydney)
Admission: Free with Museum of Sydney entry (Adult $10 | Concession/child (under 15) $5 | Family $20 | Members free)
Transport: Public transport recommended. Museum of Sydney is one block back from Circular Quay which is serviced by trains, buses and ferries.
More Botanical Art Exhibitions in Australia
You can see more about other botanical art exhibitions in Australia on this page on this website Botanical Art Exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand
This is a wonderful HD video of botanical artist Angela Lober developing a painting for the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney to the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.
It will be extremely helpful to all those aspiring botanical artists who want to learn more about the approaches and standards used by those contributing artworks to Florilegium Societies.
Do make sure you view full screen in HD to appreciate fully what's on offer.
The video was made as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia. These also include the exhibition of artwork by members of the Florilegium Society and the book produced for the exhibition.
The exhibition opens tomorrow. You can see Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden
Venue: Sydney Living Museums at the Museum of Sydney between 30 July and 30 October 2016.
You can read more about the exhibition on the page on this website devoted to Botanical Art Exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand.
The video was produced to help highlight the bicentenary and the exhibition and includes images of the Norfolk Island Pine in the early years of settlement in Sydney,
Two new botanical art exhibitions open soon at the Museum of Sydney.
Sydney Living Museums celebrates 200 years of the Royal Botanic Garden with:
“These two striking exhibitions celebrate the fine tradition of botanical art in Australia, from early 19th century watercolours to contemporary artworks, and reveal the extraordinary plant life abundant across Sydney and New South Wales,”
Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden
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