The Botanical World of Raymond Booth opened at the Garden Museum next to Lambeth Palace in London on 1st December. It continues until 6th February 2022.
I've seen his botanical artwork - in oils - before in an exhibition at the Watts Gallery in Surrey in April 2019. I can highly recommend a visit to see his paintings despite the fact that I didn't get to see this exhibition yesterday before going into isolation today (for ankle surgery on Monday). I've been finding exhibitions in general a stretch too far of late.
You can read About Raymond Booth (1929-2015) in the dedicated page I've created on my website.
Raymond Booth was a botanical, wildlife and natural history artist of international renown who lived a reclusive life in Yorkshire and exhibited with the Fine Art Society.
I have my fingers crossed that there might be a remote chance of me being able to get to see the exhibition before it closes in February - if I'm out of my cast and in a boot by then.
If you too have problems getting to see this exhibition, you can order the very reasonably priced catalogue from the Garden Museum - which I've just done!
This catalogue to accompany the exhibition includes an essay by guest curator Peyton Skipwith, a fine art consultant and former Deputy Managing Director of The Fine Art Society, as well as an introduction by Garden Museum Curator Emma House and is illustrated with the full exhibition selection of Booth’s paintings.
If you want to check out more of his artwork before deciding whether or not to visit the exhibition, I suggest you check the Memorial Catalogue of his work on Issuu - it's very illuminating as to the exceptionally high quality of his paintings.
This is a summary of the botanical art exhibitions open in London and Cambridge during October and November in London.
If your botanical art exhibition is not listed and should be please contact me and I will update.
Exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens
THREE new exhibitions opened on 16th October and run until 27 March 2022
Exhibition at the Garden Museum, Lambeth
Elizabeth Blackadder: Favourite Flowers (19 October - 21 November 2021)
The late Dame Elizabeth Blackadder was one of Scotland’s greatest artists, celebrated for her beguiling and lyrical paintings of flowers. A passionate plantswoman, Blackadder’s garden provided her with rich inspiration year-round, from daffodils to autumn leaves, tulips, iris and lilies.
This exhibition, curated with The Scottish Gallery, brings together a selection of her watercolours, etchings and screenprints from throughout her life in the theme of growth, looking ahead to the renewal of life that is always around the corner in the garden.
Exhibition at the Images of Nature Gallery,
Natural History Museum, South Kensington
The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks has two new displays installed in the Images of Nature Gallery - which run until 13 January 2022
Exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Scent from Nature: Beauty's Botanical Origins - to Sunday 31st October 2021
Booking required / Free Entry
The exhibition includes botanical watercolours of plants, from the permanent collection. It focuses on those used in the scent industry. These are displayed displayed alongside perfume vessels from ancient times to the 20th century.
Works include those by:
An Art Fair for Botanical Artists!
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
This review of the exhibition - which includes images of the paintings and some of the artists - should have been written a very long time ago. The reason why this hasn't happened is explained at the end.
I've written two previous posts about Tradescant's Orchard Exhibition at the Garden Museum exhibition which are:
Below are photos of the exhibition - and of some of the artists with their paintings at the Private View - held on the evening of 13th June 2017 - organised as follows
The Tradescant's Orchard
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