The 26th Annual International Exhibition of Botanical Art by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) opens next month. The exhibition comprises two-dimensional, original, botanical art and runs from 17th September to 26th November at Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) in California. (More details of this and the opening event at the end)
This post is about the artists whose artwork has been selected for this exhibition.
[UPDATE 31 August 2023: It has now been updated to include
The selection jury for this show comprised three botanical artists and educators.
Selected artists 2023
The artists who produced artwork selected by the jurors are listed below.
The thing I noticed as I went through the listing below is that a lot of names are new to me and are artists who have not exhibited in the ASBA International before. I understand a total of ten (22%) are new to having their art displayed in the Annual International.
UPDATE: You can now see ALL the artworks in digital form on the ASBA website - in alphabetical order of the surname of the artist. Find out about the artists below....
Gustavo Surlo has won the First in the Margaret Flockton Award 2023. This award is very highly prized within the scientific botanical illustration community.
The Second Prize has been awarded to Juan Luis Castillo.
The Margaret Flockton Award is judged and hosted by the Botanic Gardens of Sydney’s botanical illustrators Catherine Wardrop and Lesley Elkan.
37 artists from 18 countries have been selected for the 2023 exhibition at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan until Friday 20 October 2023. A total of 54 entries have been judged and 29 finalists will be exhibited on-site.
The images of illustrations selected for the exhibition can be seen in the Margaret Flockton Award 2023 album on Flickr
The Criteria used to judge the Award are as follows:
First Prize: Gustavo Surlo - Wedelia sp. nov. (daisy)
Gustavo Surlo has won the AUS$5,000 First Prize in the 20th Margaret Flockton Awards (2023) for his illustration of his drawing of the newly found Wedelia species which is a member of the daisy family. Last year he was one of the artists who was Highly Commended.
Gustavo's pieces show the Wedelia sp. nov. species with strength while capturing the delicate surface of the plant's textures. He has skilfully composed the illustration. The subtle use of lines and bars gives a sense of scale. We can understand the plant's role in its habitat and see its minute hairs and glands on the leaf surface. Lesley Elkan.
ABOUT GUSTAVO SURLO
His Instagram post about his illustrationindicates his pleasure with his win. I recommend he now get himself a website!
I am immensely grateful to the organizers of this incredible initiative, which I have followed with delight for several years. I also thank the researchers who very kindly allowed the submission of the illustration and helped to understand the structures. Today an old dream comes true with Margaret Flockton Award
Second Prize: Phoenix canariensis by Juan Luis Castillo, Spain
The second prize is awarded to Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island date palm) by Juan Luis Castillo (Spain)
To be able to exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art Show you have to follow a lengthier process than for other international art exhibitions.
Understanding how the process works is absolutely critical:
It's entirely possible that if you apply to be "approved to exhibit" and get your submission in by the 5th September, that you might be exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery next summer. This year priority was given to
No other show requires and displays
I've given my page dedicated to the process of exhibiting your work at the RHS Show a complete overhaul.
See RHS Botanical Art Shows: How to Exhibit / How to Visit. This
Only artists who have been accepted by the Botanical Art Judging Panel are eligible to apply for space
You can also read the RHS Exhibition Factsheet (7 pages) which I think might actually be longer than my page!
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