This post is about who won which medal at the RHS London Botanical Art Show 2017. I've previously covered the Best Exhibit and Best Painting in RHS Botanical Art 2017 in my last post.
I'll also be writing posts in the coming days for:
How medals are assessed
The RHS included a useful exhibit of how the artwork for the exhibition is assessed. You can find a more detailed explanation in the Guidelines for the exhibition.
Candidates who have been approved to exhibit must submit at least six works - preferably on a theme. You get extra marks if you illustrate a plant family.
Key points are:
RHS Gold Medal
This is probably the biggest challenge and the most difficult award to win for any botanical painter.
There were nine Gold Medals in total. There may well have been more but unfortunately two previous Gold Medal winners had to pull out very late due to the serious ill-health of close family members. I'm sure that both Sansanee and Sue will be back next year and I send my very best wishes to both them and their families.
Below are the botanical artists who won Gold Medals for their botanical art exhibits. It's worth remembering that assessment is based on the weakest painting on show so the entire exhibit of a minimum of six drawings or paintings has to be top-notch to get a Gold Medal.
Some however have a talent for winning Gold Medals - and watch out for my comments below.
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RHS Silver Gilt Medal
These are people who have missed out on a Gold Medal for a particular reason.
This can be to do with presentation - including labelling (eg one year it was getting the latin name wrong), botany, accuracy, content of exhibit, colours and the general avoidance of any areas of confusion.
The artists - and exhibits - are:
RHS Silver Medal
RHS Bronze Medal
All exhibits were awarded a medal.
Posts about the RHS Botanical Art Show 2017 to date are as follows:
The NEW Association of `British Botanical Artists (ABBA) today announced its Call for Entries for the UK contribution to the Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition in 2o18.
In Ruskin's footsteps - "Linking people to plants through botanical art"
The exhibition is OPEN to:
Eligibility: Artists can enter one country’s exhibition, and that is the country of the artist’s primary residence. If an artist’s country of residence is not holding a worldwide exhibition, and the artist has some connection with the UK, the UK can invite the artist to submit an entry to the British exhibition.
The Call for Entries provides all the details that artists need to know at this stage.
Here's the basics of what's required
All entries will be juried by a prestigious team of professional artists, scientists and curators (to be announced at a later date). The paintings will be assessed according to:
In terms of dates there is no time to lose! If interested please note the following dates for the two stage application/submission process
I'm just really pleased to see this exhibition get off the ground. I was involved in getting it started in the Autumn and wrote a very long brief for what needed to be done - which was an awful lot!
Many congratulations are due to all those involved in making the exhibition real and finding a venue (which is really not easy in May!) I know for a fact that there must have been an awful lot of work involved to get this far.
Below you an find a list of the artists exhibiting RHS Botanical Art Show 2017 at the RHS Lindley Hall in London at the end of this month.
The list is organised by the country of origin and/or where they live. In total there are 29 artists (35 in 2016) from 10 different countries (10 in 2016).
The number per country is as follows:
I've highlighted previous Gold Medal Winners by 'GM' after their names. I've also commented on those I know and those where I was able to find some information about them
The link in the name of the artist is to their own website or a website which is representative of their work.
Details of the exhibition
The exhibition opens with a preview on Thursday 23 February 6-9pm. All tickets £5. There are then two full days on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February (10am-5pm). Free Entry. No ticket required.
Thailand (but living in Scotland)
in addition Barbara Oozeerally GM - is organising a tribute memorial display for the plantsman John Gallagher who died last year.
For information about the other exhibitors see yesterday's post - Who's exhibiting at RHS Botanical Art (London) 2017?
RHS Botanical Art Shows - Reference
RHS Botanical Art Shows are juried and the process of applying and being selected takes some time. However this is one of two of the most prestigious botanical art shows in the world.
This website has two pages helpful to those wanting to exhibit at RHS Botanical Art Shows
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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.
This is a Call for Updates on Botanical Art Tuition being provided in 2017.
I'm currently updating my page of Workshops, Classes and Short Courses in the UK with the titles and dates of new courses being offered in 2017. This is a page focused on the education & continuing professional development of aspiring and existing botanical artists and illustrators. (It includes everything that isn't a Diploma and Certificate in Botanical Art Courses - which have a seperate page)
After that I'll be updating the pages:
The definition of "professional" in my book is
However the people who get their information updated first are those who send me the relevant details of their courses and/or the links to more information on their websites! :)
TELL ME about Tuition
You can contact me direct using the contact forms at the bottom of the Education Page for:
Below is an EXAMPLE of one of the new courses in 2017 in the UK - a short course on painting on vellum will be delivered by Sarah Morrish and Shevaun Doherty in Hampshire next September.
Unsurprisingly, given the continuing problems with Fabriano Artistico, there are more and more botanical artists interested in painting on vellum. I may have to start a special section just for vellum courses! (In the meantime - I've got a page all about Vellum)
You can also tell me if:
Fiona Strickland's first solo show The Vital Moment at Jonathan Cooper's Park Walk Gallery in Chelsea opens to the public today (20th October) and continues until 12 November 2016.
I visited yesterday afternoon and had a close look at the paintings on display. You can see images and details of the paintings by clicking The Vital Moment link above.
Fiona's very fine botanical paintings in watercolour are painted on either Fabriano Artistico or Kelmscott Vellum. I've only seen her large works before and it was interesting to see her new range of smaller works done on vellum - two of which I particularly liked. So much so I kept going back for another look at Almost Over and Open Absalom.
The majority of paintings feature tulips at different stages. However the exhibition also includes an Iris, a Hippeastrum, autumn leaves and notably the amazing painting of a Rhododendron which won the top prize at last year's 18th International Exhibition by the American Society of Botanical Artists in New York. (see Fiona Strickland wins The Hort's "Best in Show" Award at 18th Annual International)
Below is a slideshow of images in the exhibition which give you a sense of the relative size of some of the paintings. (Click the 'play' button).
I was very impressed by the presentation of the paintings and their walnut frames.
The vellum has been gallery wrapped which gives it the appearance of a an oil painting. The watercolour paper is not matted and rather than being float mounted it is very flat and I suspect is dry mounted. It certainly looks very contemporary and unlike the traditional presentation of watercolours.
Both paintings and their presentation are obviously appealing to the collectors as five have sold before the exhibition had formally opened!
About Fiona Strickland
I've been following Fiona Strickland's amazing artwork since I saw her very first exhibition at the Society of Botanical Artists. You can read my interview with back in 2012 - see A 'Making A Mark' Profile of Fiona Strickland. This includes an explanation of her working practices.
Below you can read what the Gallery has as her bio and the background to this exhibition.
Strickland trained at the Edinburgh College of Art under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, who instilled in her a dedication to composition and mastery of negative space that continues to inform her practise. Of equal influence in Strickland’s work is her passion for and fascination with the Golden Age of Dutch art, and a major inspiration for this exhibition is the seventeenth-century Tulip Book of Jacob Marrel, which she recently studied at the Rijksmuseum. Indeed, the tulip in its myriad of forms will be a key focus of the show, which will include many varieties grown by Strickland in her garden in Scotland, such as the English Florists’ Tulips beloved of fellow artist Rory McEwen, whose paintings Strickland first encountered while a student in Edinburgh.
About Jonathan Cooper's Park Walk Gallery
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!
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