I've made a major UPDATE to my blog post British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection - a review and a timeline.
This post is about the "British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection" exhibition at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens
When I wrote my catalogue-like blog post - , Shirley Sherwood was out of the country. When she returned to the UK, she invited me to visit her because she had a number of comments she wanted to make on the content. It was a pleasure to visit Shirley twice to review this rather long blog post and clarify matters where I'd guessed and listen to stories about an artist or how a painting was bought.
We're both very keen on:
IMPORTANTLY - and for the very first time - this blog post now lists the number of paintings by each artist in the collection. I've also updated it with the comments she asked me to include and I've also added in some additional images.
I was absolutely amazed - as I am sure you will be - by how many paintings by leading British botanical artists she now owns!
My next job is another catalogue-like blog post about the current exhibition Abundance: Seeds, Pods and Autumn Fruits from the Shirley Sherwood Collection - complete with pics of some of the paintings and some of the artists. I've had some help from Shirley with this one too! :)
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I have a new page about a twentieth century botanical artist of international renown who wasn't interested in exhibitions or what other people were doing. He was totally absorbed by his own work and growing his plants so he could paint them
Raymond Booth died in July 2015. At the time I don't think I'd appreciated quite how "collectable" he was - or how unique his approach to botanical art was.
About Raymond Booth is a new page in the 20th century Botanical Artists section of my website. he joins the other pages about:
The Fine Art Society represented him for over 50 years prior to his death and he had eight solo exhibitions in his lifetime and three since - and I'm only kicking myself that I didn't realise that two of them were held this year!
For those starting out, it's well worth while taking a look at his work:
There's a wonderful comment by Shirley in her entry about him in 'Contemporary Botanical Artists' to the effect that she was very surprised that she was queuing on a chilly pavement at 7.30am in the morning - and was 16th in the queue to get in and buy a painting!
Note: This page came about because I met up with Shirley Sherwood to discuss my blog post about the British Botanical Artists exhibition and I was updating that post as a result of her very helpful comments when I got to Raymond - and it occurred to me to create a page for him - as an exemplar of the notion that not all botanical art needs to be watercolour!
I am delighted to announce that The Shirley Sherwood Collection now has a Facebook Page - which you can find here https://www.facebook.com/shirleysherwoodcollection/
We can certainly expect to see announcements about the current and upcoming exhibitions at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanic Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Given Dr Sherwood has always been a big supporter of the artists as well as the art I think we can also expect to hear news about the artists who have work in the collection.
Plus I have my fingers crossed and hope we might also get to see any new botanical artwork that is being added to the collection. This is a collection which now amounts to very nearly 1,000 artworks collected in the last 25+ years.
The "Learn More" button at the tope of the page takes you straight to the Gallery's page on the Kew website.
Kew Gardens has two exhibitions this Autumn which include portrayals of nuts and seeds.
Sculpt at Kew
An exhibition of sculpture opened in Kew Gardens last Monday. You can see 70 sculptures between now and 15 October.
Last Sunday, when the sculptures were in place with final tweaking still to do, I took a number of photos of the sculptures of seed pods and nuts in the garden for the exhibition that was opening the following day - and below is a slideshow of the sculptures I saw - which were mainly bronze resin works by Anne Curry MRBS
Abundance: seeds, pods and autumn fruits
There are also other exhibitions during the Artful Autumn season.
Two other exhibitions are also at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. These are:
It has not been possible to hang more than a small proportion of ‘my’ British artists here as I now have 330 works by 86 painters and so I have had to be fiercely selective.
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