Yesterday I visited the Rosie Sanders: Secret Letters Exhibition at Jonathan Cooper's Park Walk Gallery just off the Fulham Road in Chelsea. The exhibition finishes on Saturday and I very much recommend you try and get to see it if you can before it finishes. Her work is simply stunning!
There's a very big incentive for those coming to London for the SBA Annual Exhibition to also make a visit to the gallery to see this one too. Gallery hours are 10am – 6.30pm on weekdays and 11am – 4pm on Saturday so it's definitely possible to fit two botanical art exhibitions into one day!
The exhibition focuses in particular on large and small paintings of roses - painted in a less conventional way - from the rear or as they have reached a stage where they are past their best but nonetheless marvellous convoluted structures.
The box with the secret letters - one of which is given to the buyer of each painting - is displayed in the window
The exhibition also includes
I think many of the more precise botanical artists might be surprised by Rosie's techniques. Rather than using dry brushwork, it's her practice to work much more directly - wet in wet and mixing her colours on the paper. She's extremely adept at developing very convincing structures through masterful use of tone and colour.
Her work is not matted. Rather the deckle edged paper is float mounted within a narrow quality frame.
The paper she uses is either
Prices of paintings are for the serious collector - one of whom is Shirley Sherwood. I arrived at the gallery after a visit to her home nearby where I admired her new acquisition of a splendid smaller painting of a very red rose past its best.
I took some short video shots as well yesterday and will include the video in this post after I've done the editing - which always takes a little time.
Sales have been very brisk - Rosie's work is always very popular!
I counted sixteen paintings of the 26 paintings in the exhibition sold to date. Prices of those paintings still available can be seen on the website and are in five figures for the larger paintings and £3,800 for the smaller paintings.
For those who couldn't get to see the exhibition - this is my video of a walk round the exhibition. It starts outside in Park Walk, shows you the window of the gallery with the box of secrets and then looks around the walls on the ground floor and lower floor.
Rosie exhibits with Jonathan on a regular basis - typically a solo show every one to two years which always do well as her work is very collectible. You can see all currently available work on the gallery website.
You can also see her work in her book Rosie Sanders' Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Art (affiliate link).
Gallery: Jonathan Cooper, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ
Bus: 211, 11 and 22 on the Kings Road or 14 and 414 on the Fulham Road
Tube: South Kensington and Sloane Square
My previous reviews of her work and exhibitions:
Some of you will recall my earlier posts about a buyer who wanted to purchase a botanical painting of either a peony or cherry blossom.
Rather than limiting any recommendations to people I knew I opened it up and published the requirements in This met with a very quiet response and I have to say I was somewhat surprised.
I'm guessing that a number of you may have thought that it was the usual scam and/or are not used to selling your paintings via an approach online. However, I was convinced it was NOT a scam. Also, since I've been paid significant sums in the past for approaches by people who I very nearly ignored, I've learned that it pays to look very seriously at people who write to you!
I only had one response - but it only takes one response of the right quality.
Claudine Pasquin, who lives in near Lake Como, approached me about her painting of a peony. I had met Claudine at the RHS Botanical Art Show in February and seen her exhibit (which won a Silver Gilt Medal) and her painting on the web and consequently I had no hesitation in recommending her to my gentleman enquirer (who will remain anonymous).
Claudine has now sold her lovely sensitive painting of a peony and I anticipate that his extremely thoughtful present will be much appreciated in due course.
The moral of the story is that:
If you're ever concerned about an email you have received you can always share the text with me and I'll give you my opinion of whether it is genuine or fake. It will only be an opinion - but that's what it was in this instance....
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