I've been thinking for some time that it's about time somebody started running art fairs for those interested in artwork involving plants.
Not necessarily an art fair which is strictly botanical - because a wider range of quality artwork about plants brings in more people - and that, in turn, enables more potential art collectors to see and appreciate botanical art.
It would seem The Garden Museum in Lambeth had the same idea.....
Super Nature is London’s first fair for art inspired by plants
Dates: Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
Hours: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm).
Tickets: £5 online and £7.50 at the door.
I'm also guessing there will be a limit on numbers so 'first come, first served"?
It includes artwork being exhibited by 25 participating artists and three workshops. for more details see below
UPDATE: I understand from Sarah Jane Humphrey that she is not now participating and I've written to the Garden Museum seeking clarification re events and artists.
UPDATE 2: The page on their website has now been updated and the ONLY artists participating in this art fair are:
I didn't see a Call for Entries so I'm guessing that the participating artists may have been invited as there are a limited number and a fairly eclectic mix (including established still life artists) - but all sound artists using a variety of media and approaches to portrait plants.
I also noticed that there were some names I recognised - from the Society of Botanical Artists - and another artist who has work included in my book!
The artists are listed below. Click the link to see their website. I've split them into botanical artists - or at least those who draw accurately and the remainder who are more impressionistic
The Works on Paper Art Fair attracts those who like buying watercolours, drawings and fine art prints. It's also possible to find botanical art amongst the various art gallery stands. Botanical artists would do well to do their research on which galleries like botanical artists and which galleries - and fine art dealers - exhibit botanical art at art fairs! The Fair also gives you an idea about what sort of values are attributed by galleries to the work of the top botanical artists by dealers and galleries. As in an artist can come up with a number but the value listed on the label has to be approved by the gallery or dealer!
The Works on Paper Art Fair continues at the Royal Geographical Society in Exhibition Road today and until 6pm tomorrow and, if you visit, you can see the following.....
These two paintings by American botanical painter Kate Nessler date back to 1995 and their provenance indicates they were originally sold by the Jonathan Cooper Gallery (where Nessler continues to be listed as one of the gallery artists).
The ones on display are:
They are being exhibited by the Sarah Colegrave Fine Art who is Fine Art Dealer and Consultant dealing in 19th and 20th century art who sells via art fairs and by appointment. The online catalogue for the Works on Paper Art Fair 2018 also lists two more works by Kate Nessler.
Rosie Sanders regularly exhibits with Coombe Gallery, based in Dartmouth, Devon. The rose displayed above is A Rose in Winter (Watercolour on Arches 640 gsm paper)
102 x 124 priced at £14,000 - and apparently somebody is very interested in it!
I do like her paintings of dishevelled flowers (see below) - after all we see less than perfect flowers at least as much as we see perfect ones!
Coombe Gallery is also exhibiting drawings by another of its gallery artists Georgia Jennings Moors who last year exhibited a drawing of a field of artichokes and was given the Best Contemporary Picture 2017.
Below is her drawing of Achillea - and you can see a better image of this on her website. The stand also included a fascinating drawing of Burnt leptospermum scoparium.
I think she ought to be developing a suite of six drawings on a theme for the RHS Botanical Art Show!
Near the entrance to the Fair is the Kevis House Gallery (Stand 401) who are exhibiting Louisa Crispin's graphite nature studies. You can see a much better image on their website as well as other images of work by Louisa. This is a gallery based in Petworth which also lists Liz Shippam as a gallery artist.
Finally, for those who like Ellsworth Kelley's lithographs and line drawings in pen and ink of plants, the art book stand has a very fine catalogue of his drawings and prints in a slip case - and I had a good long look. Unfortunately it was £400....
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