Esmee Somers Winkel has won the First Prize in the 17th Margaret Flockton Award 2021. The award comes with $5,000 but is most prized for its highly prestigious nature within the scientific botanical illustration community.
Esmee is a a professional scientific illustrator working in the Netherlands. This First prize follows on from
This post covers: (in order)
The Margaret Flockton Award
Margaret Flockton Award is unique amongst international art awards, focusing exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration, as distinct from botanical art RBG Sydney Flickr Album Margaret Flockton Award 2021
The Margaret Flockton Award is specifically about scientific botanical illustration. It's prestigious because it is the ONLY award dedicated to the excellence and expertise demonstrated by those who produce botanical illustrations to an exactly scientific standard for botany and botanists
As a result, entries are typically:
This competition and exhibition is International. Scientific botanical illustrators from around the world are invited by the curators of the exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney to:
REVIEW my dedicated page for The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration
The Criteria used to judge the Award are listed below:
Reproducability is extremely important, because the nature of our work is that it is reproduced so anything too delicate can be lost on reduction.
While other awards will look for accurate interpretation and portrayal plus technical and artistic merit, this is the only award which specifically considers illustration from the perspective of the scope for reproduction in scientific publications (i.e. the whole purpose of the illustration is to communicate to a wide community of interest via printed or digital matter).
The Judges for the 2020 Award were all from the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.
Apparently they had 25 illustrations two days before the deadline and on the Monday morning they had 103! Next year the Judges would appreciate receiving illustrations earlier if that's at all possible! :)
About the Prizewinners
FIRST PRIZE ($5,000) Esmee Winkel, The Netherlands - for Notoleptopus decaisnei (ink)
(see illustration at the top of this post)
Esmee's illustrated has been awarded the First Prize for its exacting skilful technique and perfectly balanced composition. The clarity of the strong line is complemented by the perfectly rendered elements, with a concise stipple techniques used only where required to convincglu describe form. Line weight is also used to describe shadows and depth. The illustration reveals the life cycle and key features of
My commentary: I'm reading that as a lot of appreciation and applause for
Esmee Winkel is a professional scientific illustrator who specialises in botanical illustration and works as a Scientific illustrator and Botanical artist for the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and at the Hortus Botanicus, Leiden in the Netherlands.
She has previously won second prize in the Margaret Flockton Award 2017.
Other prizes she has won include
The Society of Botanical Artists decided that this year's Annual Plantae Exhibition would be:
The exhibition opened today (4th June 2021) and continues ONLINE ONLY until 18th June 2021. You can view the exhibition:
I'll be reviewing the exhibition on the blog, when I've had a chance to look at all the artwork. I will also belting and identifying all the exhibiting artists.
Artwork is for sale (however some artworks has already been sold). Note that
After a very long time when it seemed like there might not be another botanical art exhibition, suddenly there are a lot all at once.
I'm going to be writing more about some of those listed below but felt the need to alert you all to what's on to look at right now.
I'm differentiating between
BELOW You can find summary details of exhibitions between now and the end of 2020:
âYou can find details of exhibitions all year round in my EXHIBITION section on this website - where you can also provide details for exhibitions you'd like to have listed at the bottom on https://www.botanicalartandartists.com/exhibitions.html
Botanical Art Exhibitions in Galleries
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art has finally reopened after being closed for six months - after lots of risk assessments and with controlled entry and a one way system - with two NEW exhibitions - which both opened on Saturday 3rd October and run until Sunday 14 March 2021.â
2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Sir Joseph Banks on 19 June 1820. See my blog post last year about the anniversary and this exhibition - Banks 2020: Jan Hendrix at Shirley Sherwood Gallery Kew.
Flowers Delight in the Detail
This exhibition of paintings from the collection of Shirley Sherwood comprises the work of botanical artists and illustrators who focus on the detailed aspects of plants from around the world. It includes artwork resulting from magnification and dissection. Exhibiting artists include: Brigid Edwards (see below), Denise Ramsay and Liz Fraser.
Exhibition: Birr Castle Demesne through the Artists eye
Venue: Birr Castle - which includes award-winning gardens
Dates: Sunday 13 September to Saturday 24 October 2020
Hours: 9am - 6pm
All art is for sale
Plants & Co. - Plants and Insects by Asuka Hisihiki and Maria Sibylla Merian
An exhibition in collaboration with the Kunstkabinett Strehler from Sindelfingen
Venue: Forum Botanische Kunst (Forum Botanical Art)
Obere Hauptstrasse 18, D-97291 Thungersheim (near Wurzburg in northern Bavaria)
Original dates cancelled due to Pandemic
RESCHEDULED Dates: October 3 to December 6, 2020
Participating artists: Asuka Hishiki and Maria Sibylla Merian
This exhibition presents:
The 23rd Annual International of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) opens today at Wave Hill - at 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx, NY. The exhibition comprises two-dimensional, original, botanical art and runs until 6th December 2020. (See end for notes about social distancing / booking etc).
ASBA have set up a Virtual Exhibition Online - on their website - click each picture to see a larger image.
The 46 artworks in the exhibition were selected from a field of 178 entries - and include
The exhibition is a collaboration between ASBA and Wave Hill and some of the artwork represents plant specimens grown at Wave Hill. The exhibition was organized by Carol Woodin, Director of Exhibitions at the American Society of Botanical Artists; Jennifer McGregor, Senior Director of Arts, Education and Programs at Wave Hill; and Eileen Jeng Lynch, Wave Hill’s Curator of Visual Arts.
An Exhibition Catalogue is available for purchase from both Wave Hill and ASBA:
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