I confess! First - after the mammoth effort of compiling my last post Plantae 2020: Selected Artists about the ONLINE Plantae 2020 Exhibition by the Society of Botanical Artists, I wasn't rushing back to do my review post! Next - in general I find it a lot easier to do a review of the entire exhibition when I can view it in its entirety on a wall in an art gallery. Themes for discussion then pop out at me very quickly when looking at art in person rather than on a screen! Which goes some way to explain the delay.
Nevertheless, when I was reviewing all the selected artists and their artwork, I did pick out
This is a very long post - I'd go and get a nice drink and a comfy seat before you start reading!
All the links in the images go to the original web page (now removed as the exhibition has closed online).
For more about the exhibition see my previous posts
What follows covers
Perhaps the most important point is I really miss seeing proper botanical artwork in a proper gallery! Even if it is lovely to have a record to look back at online. I'm already looking forward to post pandemic exhibitions.
I do wish I'd been able to see this exhibition properly. However I also think the SBA did a very good job of providing us ALL with something to view.
VIEWED BY THE MOST PEOPLE EVER!
One of the MAJOR bonuses of Plantae 2020 the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition Plantae going online is that this year's annual exhibition has been seen by the most people EVER!
Certainly it's been seen by very many more people who have never ever seen any of the SBA's annual exhibitions before - although some may have seen my blog posts!
I can only think this will stimulate more interest in the SBA - and more interest in exhibiting with the SBA in future years - particularly if the online virtual exhibition continues.
LOTS MORE INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
SBA is to be congratulated on developing a very international exhibition of contemporary botanical art. There are many more international artists exhibiting in this year's show than ever before - totalling some 20% of the exhibiting artists.
What is also interesting is that MANY exhibits are by artists (of any nationality) who are NEW to exhibiting with SBA - which was also pleasing to see. Hopefully this is a trend which will continue.
I didn't manage to identify everybody's nationality - but was helped by people who came forward after my last post. While there are some very strong contingents from some countries, what is more remarkable is the range of countries with artists who submitted artwork and got selected.
The numbers from different countries are as follows:
INNOVATION AND RANGE IN MEDIA & TECHNIQUES
I particularly enjoyed seeing a much wider range of media and techniques used for creating botanical artwork. This to my mind is one of the particularly noteworthy aspects of Plantae 2020.
The liberal criteria and interpretation of botanical art used for entry to this exhibition is to my mind best used when applied very much to the nature of the media which can be used to create original botanical art. This then allows us to see the scope for innovative and contemporary botanical art.
The Association of British Botanical Artists (ABBA) have announced their Call for Entries for their next botanical art exhibition called "Purely Botanical" - and it opens for submissions today. (I was alerted to this by ABBA after publishing my last post - and they very kindly sent me the details this morning!)
As an Association of Botanical Artists our focus is on reflecting accurately the natural beauty of plants that surround us, particularly native plants.
Purely Botanical - Call for Entries
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