This week there are two botanical art exhibitions in Bloomsbury.
The Fall at The Fitzrovia Gallery
Venue: The Fitzrovia Gallery, 139 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 5EN
(nearest tube: Warren Street)
Dates: 10-31 May 2017, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6:00pm
The Fall exhibition combines botanical photography by award-winning US photographer and author Anna Laurent with prints, painting and drawings by New York artist Ernesto Caivano.
Interest for lovers of botanical images are the photographs of the Boston-born and Californian-based photographer Anna Laurent. See my last post about the Botanical Photography Portfolio Exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - at which Anna won a Silver Gilt Medal. Both exhibitions focus on her major project about Seed dispersal - which you can also see on her website.
Anna recently published her first book The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the golden age of scientific discovery (Octopus / University of Chicago Press)
The Bloomsbury Gallery Flower Lovers’ Event
Venue: The Bloomsbury Gallery, 34 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QJ
(nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road)
Dates: 28th May - 4th June 2017 (10am - 5pm daily)
A week after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, flowers continue for a week in Bloomsbury at the Bloomsbury Flower Event. A range of top botanical artists are exhibiting work - and three are delivering workshops (Billy Showell's workshop was today) and talks
The artists are:
Events and workshops include:
I'm afraid I've found the information for this event to be really rather difficult to communicate - mainly due to the inadequacies and vagaries of the venue's website. Hence the delay. There is however a pdf booklet about the event - but I can't find an online link for this!
MORE Botanical Art Exhibitions in June 2017
Botanical Art in the UK provides:
Botanical Art Collections in the UK provides links to the permanent collections of original botanical art by the past and more contemporary masters in:
Botanical Art Exhibitions at Major Art Galleries and Museums in the UK has links to current and upcoming exhibitions at:
There is also an ARCHIVE web page for The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew: Exhibition Archive (2008-2016) . This is the ONLY online archive in the world.
Besides highlighting the exhibitions it also highlights the books about the exhibitions which are still available.
RHS Botanical Art Shows provides:
Botanical Art Exhibitions in England and Wales provides links to information about exhibitions by:
The website includes an ARCHIVE of Past Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK. This is a listing for the more significant botanical art exhibitions in the UK in recent years. From which you can see which places, organisations, galleries and artists have been the most active.
It also includes links to relevant exhibition guides which are still available.
The Tradescants' Orchard is a contemporary exhibition comprising watercolours by fifty eminent botanical artists is to be staged alongside a display of ‘The Tradescants’ Orchard’, a seventeenth-century volume of sixty-six watercolours depicting fruit varieties that John Tradescant and his son might have grown in their market garden at Lambeth.
The Tradescants' Orchard is a practical document that records the size, colour and texture of fruit with their ripening dates.
In 1974 as a first year fine art student, I stopped work early one afternoon, and on a whim left the Chelsea Art School building and took the number 19 Routemaster bus to Piccadilly, where I disembarked for Cork Street. Walking along in a kind of dream, pondering on my work, I happened to glance into the entrance corridor of the Redfern Gallery. There for the first time, glowing in the distance, I saw the Botanical Drawings of Rory McEwen. I stood staring in the half light, mesmerised. I stepped inside and looked at all the work until the gallery closed.
Katherine Tyrrell writes about botanical art and artists and has followers all over the world.
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