I'm very pleased to announce that there is to be a Retrospective Exhibition of the Paintings of Pandora Sellars - to celebrate her magnificent contribution to contemporary botanical art.
Regular readers will be aware that Pandora Sellars passed away in May 2017. See
Paintings by Pandora Sellars - The Exhibition
The exhibition is being organised by the staff at Kew Gardens and will naturally be in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. It will open on 6th October 2018
I don't yet have the closing date but normally the exhibitions that open in the Autumn run through to the March of the following year.
The exhibition will comprise paintings from:
Other exhibitions on at the same time will include:
I'll write again about these exhibitions later this year when I have more information.
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 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.
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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