In this post you'll find a list of the botanical artists winning medals at the Botanical Art at the Bloom Show in Dublin - plus a brief profile of each artist winning a medal. The exhibition also includes paintings by floral artists but this post is limited to the botanical artists.
This year, Bloom - the largest gardening festival in Ireland - was held at the OPW Visitor's Centre, in Phoenix Park Dublin between 1st and 5th June 2017. Today is the last day.
At the end, there is a commentary on how this botanical art show compares to others and a suggestion for possibly how the show might develop in future.
I'm always pleased to see Shevaun Doherty progressing in her career as a professional botanical artist and tutor. Shevaun enrolled for the Distance Learning Diploma Course (DLDC) in Botanical Illustration run by the Society of Botanical Artists after reading A Making A Mark Interview with Margaret Stevens - my interview with Margaret Stevens PPSBA, FSBA the then President of the Society of Botanical Artists and the Course Director for the SBA Diploma. The major advantage of the course for Shevaun was that she could do the assignments while living in Egypt! On one memorable occasion she completed her assignment on carrots while Egyptian uprising (and their version of the Arab Spring) Egyptian Spring made lots of noise outside her window!
As a result I've followed her career. Shevaun graduated the DLDC with a Distinction in her Diploma and has gone on to win a number of awards and medals. She is now the vellum painting tutor for the Distance Learning Diploma Course offered by the Society of Botanical Artists.
This is her fourth Gold Medal at Bloom - and her first Best in Show.
Siobhan Larkin was the Winner of Best in Show last year - and the year before! She has also exhibited at the 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, PA. She works in watercolour pencils - but she's not a fan of being online - hence no website.
Holly Somerville is is an Irish botanical artist, illustrator and teacher. She has academic accreditation to be a botanical artist from both the science and artistic perspectives. She has an MA in Botany from Somerville College, Oxford and a BA in Visual Communication from Edinburgh College of Art, where she specialised in illustration and photography. In the past she has worked in the herbarium of the Botany Department of Trinity College, Dublin. She has produced very many botanically correct pen and ink drawings for publications about Irish Flora and researchers at Trinity College and other universities around the world.
Silver Gilt Medal
Lynn lives and works in County Wicklow. She studied Fine Art at DIT College of Marketing and Design in Dublin as a mature student and graduated with a first in painting. She regularly holds botanical art classes and exhibits her work at various plant fairs in Ireland (see website for details). She won an RHS Silver Medal in 2013 when she exhibited six paintings about Kilmacurragh and the Plant Hunters from her long term project to paint plants from Kilmacurragh (part of the National Botanic Gardens). She's a member of ISBA and ASBA.See An Interview with Lynn Stringer
Nayana Sandur was born and raised in India but now lives in Limerick with her husband. She is a software engineer by profession. Her botanical watercolour paintings are completely self-taught.
Jane Stark is a botanical artist living in the west of Ireland. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, she has worked in graphic design and natural history illustration in Canada, the US and Ireland, specialising in high quality publication design. She is a founding member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA) and is currently President of ISBA. She has also been a leading light in getting the two ISBA books published Aibítir: The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art and Plandaí Oidhreachta, Irish Heritage Plants. She is also the curator of the annual Claregalway Botanical Art Expo, held in conjunction with the Galway Garden Festival at Claregalway Castle.
Future developments for Botanical Art at Bloom - a Commentary
Every year the Royal Horticultural Society has a mini Botanical Art Show at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May.
This year's RHS medal winners at Malvern are listed below - and apologies for this being a week late! I'm also very happy to add in any photos by any of the exhibitors if they'd care to contact me
RHS Gold Medal
RHS Silver Gilt Medal
I have always been drawn to pattern and structure and prefer to concentrate on the gnarled shapes of plants as they enter their seed cycle and reveal linear skeletal forms.
RHS Silver Medal
One of the things I've observed that happens often when international artists exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art Shows is that they come with a friend or colleague from their botanical art society or country. That means they're not on their own and have got some help and support from somebody who speaks their language. Not an issue with Australians from ACT - but you get my drift! I think it's a really great idea.
In terms of exhibiting at Malvern, there's some jolly good reasons for exhibiting there:
Many thanks to Holly Somerville (Website | Facebook) for allowing me to use her photos of the display by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.
RHS and previous posts
Irish botanical artist Yanny Petters's solo show of Verre Églomisé paintings opens today at The Olivier Cornet Gallery.
It has a rather beautiful title - “Come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful” / “Komm mit mir, Ich zeig' Dir ‘was Schönes” which is a quote by her mother, the late Wilma Petters.
Yanny Petters is renowned for her detailed paintings of plants and their habitats.
This exhibition has been created in memory of Yanny's mother, Wilma Petters, in appreciation of what she passed on to her through her garden. Yanny says
“My mother often said, “come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful”. Most often this was a small detail, an example of my mother’s sense of wonder and appreciation of all things great and small. I thank her for instilling the same sense in me, that I might share it with others through my paintings, raising awareness and appreciation of the beautiful and bizarre in a natural world which is constantly generous and rewarding".
The exhibition features 12 paintings/panels on glass which you can see by clicking the link in the exhibition title (above).
These depict the twelve months of the year in the artist’s County Wicklow garden & celebrate the gifts of the artist’s mother to her daughter. The Verre Eglomisé panels tell stories about the artist’s relationship with her mother.
The works celebrate a love of nature and a sense of curiosity and scientific enquiry, the gifts of artistic talent and the telling of stories of elements of our environment which we all too easily take for granted.
The exhibition was opened this afternoon by Fionnuala Fallon, Author and gardens correspondent
[UPDATE 10th October: Yanny tells me that the gallery was apparently packed to the doors and nine out of twelve paintings sold at yesterday's private view!]
Venue: The Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street (beside Belvedere College, off Parnell Square) Dublin 1
Dates: 9 October - 6 November 2016. (It opens to the public tomorrow - 10th October)
Opening hours: Tues to Fri: 11am to 6pm (till 8pm on Thursdays)
Sat & Sun: 12 noon to 5pm Closed on Mondays (or viewing by appointment only)
Catalogue: The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a preface by art historian and storyteller Jean Ryan.
[Find out more about Verre eglomise - Reverse Glass Painting ]
This is about the medal winners from the 4th Annual Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition opens at Bloom in the Park.
The exhibition had a very busy first day on Thursday with numbers visiting the Garden Festival up by 4000 on the first day alone! This resulted in good sales and over 25% of the paintings were sold on the first night!
The exhibition was opened on Thursday 2nd June and medals presented by Seamus O'Brien, head gardener (and plant hunter) of Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens who has been enormously supportive of the development of botanical art in Ireland. He can be seen below with Yanny Petters who helped organise the exhibition.
Links in the names of the medal winners below are to their websites. Where there is no link there is no website. The link is only included in the first mention of the name of the artist.
Botanical Art Medal Winners 2016
Best in Show
Floral Art Medal Winners 2016
The exhibition also includes floral art.
Best in Show
The 4th Annual Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition continues until Monday 6th June with two talks at 2pm this weekend:
Below are the three of the ladies who hung the exhibition - Lynn Stringer, Holly Sommerville and Yanny Petters (with Siobahn Larkin) - with Seamus O'Brien.
The 4th Annual Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition opens at Bloom in the Park today (Thursday 2nd June 2016).
The exhibition includes 56 botanical artworks in watercolour, gouache, ink, drawing or fine art print by artists from all over Ireland. This year it has gone international and includes entries from botanical artists from Korea.
Location: The Gallery at the Phoenix Park Visitors’ Centre
during the Bloom in the Park Festival in Phoenix Park, Dublin
Dates: 2nd - 6th June 2016
Times: 9am - 6pm
Talks: Talk (2-2.45pm) on topics related to botanical art
The exhibition was hung in The Gallery at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre by Yanny Petters, Holly Somerville, Lynn Stringer and Siobhan Larkin on Monday.
Awards and medals for the artwork will be announced later today following the judging. I'll be doing a blog post later this week about who won the awards and this will include photos of what the exhibition looks like.
(These were the award winners in 2015 - pdf file)
All artwork is for sale and you also get to meet and talk with some of the artists - and maybe buy a beautiful painting for your home or office!
Note about Bloom in the Park
Bloom in the Park is based on the success of similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows. It is sponsored by Bord Bia - the Irish government agency charged with the promotion, trade development and marketing of the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry.
This exhibition of botanical art by Irish artists will be held at the Ranelagh Arts Centre at 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 between 5th and 19th May 2016. (click the link to see location on a map of Dublin)
The participating botanical artists are:
A Call for Entries for Botanical Art at Bloom in the Park 2016 in Dublin, Ireland was published recently. The deadline for entries from botanical and floral artists for this prestigious Irish exhibition is the 31st March 2016.
4th Annual Botanical and Floral Art in Bloom
Below is a summary of information about the exhibition
Call for Entries - information
Here's a summary of the Call for Entries:
Who can enter?
In the Botanical Art category, the judging panel will look for three-dimensional drawings of appropriate subject matter where colour, tone and composition result in a pleasing and balanced portrait. Most important are botanical accuracy and the application of technique. Presentation and labelling are also considered.
How many works can be entered?
Has anybody tried using this form?
I'm curious about the entry form. It's not generally possible to enter data into a pdf form - I tried by downloading the form and then tried to complete it. I would normally expect the submission form to be:
Note: I'll be sending a link to this blog post to the entries email address.
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