These are the names of the exhibiting artists at the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2018. This year the show has changed dates and instead of February is now one between 10th and 12th July 2018 - at the RHS London Plant and Art Fair at the RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and the RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD
Tickets are on sale now - I've already got mine!
RHS Botanical Art Show Exhibitors July 2018
There are 44 exhibitors in total which (I think) is a lot more than in previous years. There is going to be some serious competition - there are a number of former Gold Medal Winners (former RHS Gold Medal Winners have GM after their name).
In addition, so far I've counted at least two former winners of Best Painting (Bridget Gillespie in 2017 and Hideo Hirokoshi in 2015) and one artist who has won best exhibit twice (Hye Woo shin in )
I'm listing the exhibiting artists by country of origin to demonstrate the worldwide appeal of this very prestigious exhibition. Nobody else requires exhibitors to produce six high quality artworks on a theme. I highly recommend that those wanting to exhibit with the RHS in future visit the exhibition if they can - and if they can't take a look at my blog posts about previous exhibitions. (see the end of this blog post for more information)
The number per country is as follows:
UK (19 artists and 1 group)
Americas (2 artists)
Those new to botanical art are often unfamiliar with the differences between botanical illustration, botanical art and flower painting.
This post provides:
What's the difference between botanical art, botanical illustration and flower painting?
On my website I have a page called What is Botanical Art?
At the top of the page there is a summary of the differences between:
Further down the page, I expand on
How do you describe the differences between botanical art and illustration?
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What's the History of Botanical Art?
What is Botanical Art? also provides an introduction to the history of the development of botanical art and illustration and why these differences exist. It provides:
One of the important artists who contributed to the development of contemporary botanical art is Pandora Sellars - who worked as a botanical illustrator for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and designed her complex compositions as a trained artist.
She excelled at developing new ways to design botanical paintings to help understand the colour and form of plants in terms of both their flowers and leaves - and has influenced many botanical artists as a result.
I'm very pleased to announce that the Estate of Pandora Sellars and the RHS have given me permission to use an image of the orchid painting which is now part of the RHS Lindley Library Collection on this website. You can see it above. I'm guessing it will be the first view of this work for many people. To my mind, it's a perfect example of how it is possible to combine botanical illustration and botanical art!
Those visiting the RHS Botanical Art Show in July 2018 have the option of also attending the first Botanical Art Seminar to be held at the same time as the show.
The Botanical Art Seminar is being organised by the RHS Lindley Library Team.
What follows is an explanation of
RHS Plant and Art Fair (10-12 July 2018)
Botanical Art in the UK provides:
Botanical Art Collections in the UK provides links to the permanent collections of original botanical art by the past and more contemporary masters in:
Botanical Art Exhibitions at Major Art Galleries and Museums in the UK has links to current and upcoming exhibitions at:
There is also an ARCHIVE web page for The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew: Exhibition Archive (2008-2016) . This is the ONLY online archive in the world.
Besides highlighting the exhibitions it also highlights the books about the exhibitions which are still available.
RHS Botanical Art Shows provides:
Botanical Art Exhibitions in England and Wales provides links to information about exhibitions by:
The website includes an ARCHIVE of Past Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK. This is a listing for the more significant botanical art exhibitions in the UK in recent years. From which you can see which places, organisations, galleries and artists have been the most active.
It also includes links to relevant exhibition guides which are still available.
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