Last night at the Private View for the "British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection" exhibition at Kew Gardens, I took the opportunity to take photographs of a few more artists with their paintings.
I haven't seen the exhibition properly yet and will be going back to take a good long look at a future date. Suffice to say that people who visit will be very impressed and not a little overawed by some of the work in the exhibition.
First the two artists with major features in the exhibition - Coral Guest GM and Rosie Sanders GM.
A not infrequent comment last night was "I thought I painted big, but....!"
Next we have two of the three teachers from the Diploma in Botanical Illustration course at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - and the lifesize painting of the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) which was recently purchased by Shirley Sherwood. She has now donated the painting to the Collection at Kew.
The painting is by Jacqui Pestell MBE (on left), Sharon Tingey GM (on right) and Işık Güner GM (teaching in Morocco at present).
Other artists who were at the exhibition included:
Others British artists present at the Private View for this exhibition and the Joseph Hooker exhibition were Helen Allen, Sandra Wall Armitage, Gillian Barlow, Christabel King, Barbara Oozeerally, Lucy T Smith, Jessica Shepherd, Fiona Strickland (who has a painting in the show), accompanied by the now fully recovered Robert McNeill, and Penny Stenning.
You can see more British Botanical Artists - in the page on my website about Contemporary Botanical Artists and Illustrators in the UK
Also present were Cynthia Rice, Treasurer of ASBA; Bryan Poole (who now lives in London) plus Beverly Allen, Chair of the Sydney Florilegium Society and Colleen Morris, a heritage consultant and former National Chair of the Australian Garden History Society who are visiting Kew to discuss bring the Sydney Florilegium Exhibition to Kew in March 2018.
British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, together with Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place are being displayed at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens until 17th September 2017 (open every day until 10am to 5.30pm).
'British Artists' occupies two galleries - the main central gallery and Gallery 5 (nearest Marion North). Don't miss the 'smaller' paintings in Gallery 5.
The two new exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens for the Spring and Summer opened on Saturday. This evening there is a Private View, which I'm attending.
The exhibitions are:
British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection
This is one of the paintings in the exhibition. Many will recognise the image above as the one which features on the cover of Contemporary Botanical Artists - which was the very first book about the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
It's a painting of a blue water lily by Pandora Sellars who is a botanical artist much admired by Dr. Sherwood. Indeed the very first painting in her collection was by Pandora Sellars. She participated in many botanical art exhibitions and had a solo exhibition at Kew in 1990. She was also awarded the Jill Smythies Award for excellence in botanical illustration by the Linnean Society in 1992.
This particular painting exemplifies one of the main ways which Dr Sherwood supports botanical art. This painting is the result of a commission by Dr. Sherwood back in 1993, and was painted from specimens supplied by a tropical nursery and was completed in 1995. As is often the case with commissions, it's impossible to get the entire painting done in one season. In this case the blooms were done in one season and the leaves in the next. The design is particularly strong with the shape and form of the lily pads providing a backdrop for the flowers.
In the book it's referred to as Nymphea capensis although the title Kew has given me is Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea. Apparently they're synonyms as Cape blue water lily, Nymphaea capensis is no longer regarded as a distinct species and has been sunk into the Nymphaea nouchali genus.
Another work by Pandora Sellars in the exhibition is Pontederia cordata.
Other artists in the exhibition
The Shirley Sherwood Collection currently includes 330 works by 86 British botanical painters. The range of artwork within the collection enables an exploration of the changing style and approach of botanical artists, through experimentation with medium and scale over the years.
Other artists in the exhibition include:
The Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition has a brand new and fabulous website at https://www.botanicalartworldwide.info.
One of the great things about it are the wonderful images used on some of the pages which highlight the diversity of plant life on earth and in the different participating countries.
The website includes an ABOUT page highlighting the goals of the project, the participating countries and how the project is organised. I see somebody agreed with me that 'a global view' was the appropriate image for the top of the page! (see my page on the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018 in the Exhibition section - which has a summary on one page). I like the little leaf icons to indicate which countries are participating.
It also has sections devoted to Events and News. (The latter needs a method for subscribing to news - but I'm sure that will arrive as news begins to get posted)
The Countries section highlights all the participating countries, plus links to where more information can be found about that country's exhibition (calls for entries; dates and venue of the exhibition etc.). Some countries have created independent websites for the exhibition which are seperate from the relevant organisation for that country.
The names of their exhibitions which, to date, are as follows (link to the page embedded below in the name of the exhibition).
This is not the order on the website - but 'Botanical Art and Artists' does everything by continent so I'm reordering the list in this blog post into continents!
Note: For those wondering..... The website is using SquareSpace (I know one when I see one!). This has been a top web-ware solution for some years for those needing well designed and high performing websites with templates well suited to art websites. I've been wondering what would be chosen for this global initiative and I'm really pleased with the choice - it's one of my favourites. I have every confidence it will cope well as the exhibition expands and the associated website needs to expand and needs galleries / videos etc. The virtual exhibition will look brilliant!
Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) has recently called for Assessment Entries from artists for its 2018 exhibition - which is the Scottish equivalent of the RHS Botanical Art Exhibition in London.
This post summarises key points about the exhibition and the process. It's a summary and hence not definitive. You need to read all information published by BISCOT on its website for the definitive version.
Below is an image of the flyer produced for the assessment entries. This can be downloaded at full size from the link below the image.
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