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:
Last night I attended the Private View of "Brazil - a Powerhouse of Plants" which is currently on display at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. The exhibition continues until 29 August 2016.
This exhibition focuses on plants of Brazil in general and botanical artwork made by Margaret Mee in particular. It also includes paintings by other artists - including the Margaret Mee Scholars - of which more tomorrow.
As usual, it comprises images from the Kew Collection and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
The Director of Kew Gardens, Richard Deverell, emphasised the fact that Brazil is the most floralistically diverse country in the world. Some 46,000 species can be found growing in the country of which about half are endemic to Brazil and grow nowhere else. By way of comparison, the UK has about 2,000 species.
The Royal Botanic Gardens have had very strong connections with Brazil for quite a while. (The Kew website highlights the number of projects Kew is involved within tropical America)
He also highlighted now botanical illustrators of the past used to pursue their plants with 'steely determination' and how Margaret Mee used to pack a revolver along with her paints and brushes on her earliest trips into the Amazon Rain Forest.
He applauded the exhibition as presenting the chance to explore the range and diversity of Brazilian flora - without the need to pack a revolver!
Shirley Sherwood highlighted the fact that the exhibition includes both the very first painting in Brazil done by Margaret Mee - the Cannonball tree - and the very last - the Moonflower Cactus.
She described the contents of the different galleries and what the artists in each contributed to the overall exhibition.
There were lots of people from all over the world at the PV including:
Brazil: a powerhouse of plants: Margaret Mee, pioneering artist and her legacy opened yesterday at Kew Gardens.
The exhibition is on display at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art until 29 August 2016, 10am to 5pm.
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight artwork of the botanical flora of Brazil by various artists past and present. It includes artwork from the collections of both Kew gardens and Dr Shirley Sherwood.
The paintings of Margaret Mee - an English artist who went to live in Brazil - are a prominent feature of the exhibition. Mee's 15 trips into the Amazon Rain Forest recorded the diversity of its plant life - and new plants were also discovered on her trips.
As well as her paintings, visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see to trace her footsteps via a map of her travels and see other artifacts from her expeditions - including paintbrushes, paint pots and sketchbooks.
You can find out more - About Margaret Mee - on a NEW page on this website
The exhibition also includes:
You can read more about the exhibition in this post Discovering Brazil in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art by Joanne Yeomans in the Kew Gardens Library, Art and Archives blog
There is also a linked exhibition - Orchids 2016. If visiting the exhibition before 6th March you can also view the transformation of the Princess of Wales Conservatory into a celebration of Brazil’s plant life and habitats.
The current exhibition - Nature's Bounty - at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew will close next Sunday 31st January 2016.
The exhibition is open every day 10.30am to 3.45pm.
This is about the three exhibitions about to close at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens - and the NEW exhibition which opens on 29th August 2015.
Nature's Bounty: paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection
The new exhibition Nature's Bounty: paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection will open on 29 August 2015 and continue until 31 January 2016. The Gallery is open every day 10am to 5.30pm except Mondays. From 25 October the exhibition will close at 3.45pm. The price of entry is included with the admission price to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
Subject: Fruit and plants from around the world - including paintings of the development of fruit in stages which requires months of periodic observation, waiting for fruit to develop so that every stage can be illustrated.
Scope: Paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection plus items illustrating fruit, from Kew’s Library, Art and Archives collections.
Featuring botanical artwork by....
This time I'll be doing the review of the exhibition soon after it opens!
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