The Australasian exhibit within Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art is the first one you come to as you go through the double doors from the reception area of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. into Gallery 1.
It covers contemporary botanical art by both Australian and New Zealand artists past and present. You can read more about the artists in my earlier blog post Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art #6: Australasian Artists
Below you can see photos of the paintings in the exhibition - with names of the plants, credits for the artists and explanations of and/or any stories I know about the plants and/or artists!
Australia and New Zealand have strong artists traditions with flourishing art and conservation societies. We had a botanical exhibition here... of a Florilegium of contemporary plant portraits demo Sydney's three botanical gardens, as well as two smaller 'Down Under' shows with paintings by Australian and New Zealand.
The first paintings you see on your left as you walk through the door contain some stunners.
The next three paintings speak Australia to me.
Next up- and continuing the Strelitizia theme, are some paintings of by New Zealand painter Sue Wickison GM (2008) which have been previously exhibited in the gallery. These are:
The end wall of Gallery 1 has two paintings in Denise Ramsay's RHS Gold Medal (2014) winning series of Papaver orientale 'Brilliant'. The one at the top is 'Fragility' and the one at the bottom is 'Perfection'.
On the right is Viburnum rhytidophyllum by Margaret Stones AM OBE GM (1920-2018) who died last year age 98. This particular painting is included in Dr Sherwood's first botanical art book about 'Contemporary Botanical Artists' and has been exhibited around the world in New Orleans, Sydney, Tokyo, Cape Town and Stockholm as well as at Kew.
The painting above the display case are as follows
In the case are some smaller works.
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