The Society of Botanical Artists's new President - Billy Showell - has today announced the new venue - and dates - for the 2019 Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists.
Here's the key details:
CALL FOR ENTRIES
More details about the Call for Entries will be issued in due course. The outline details are as follows - with more comments in and below the flyer below.
Click the image below to view a larger version of the exhibition flyer.
View the new venue in the two photos at the bottom.
(You can also view photos of exhibitions taking place in the Mall Galleries in my reviews of the annual exhibitions of national art societies on my art blog Making A Mark)
Billy Showell and Gael Selwood who are organising the exhibition is this prestigious new venue - home of other national art societies - are very keen to make sure that artwork creates a "wow" and the exhibition creates a very good impression.
Artwork can be:
The only criteria is that work must be excellent, whatever your style or genre, the botany must be accurate and we hope to have your very best pieces.
sThis is the third of my three book reviews this week. It contains:
Botanical Painting is the latest in the series of books written by Margaret Stevens, past president of the Society of Botanical Artists.
When The Art of Botanical Painting by Margaret Stevens (with the SBA) was published in 2004 it became the standard text for the Distance Learning Diploma Course pioneered by the Society of Botanical Artists - and sold a LOT of copies - and not just to DLDC students!
I initially thought that Botanical Painting by Margaret Stevens (with the SBA) - published by Batsford on 2 August 2018 - was going to be a revamped and revised edition of the first book. That's because:
In this new book the Society of Botanical Artists provides a comprehensive guide to the different styles and methods of botanical painting, harvesting the talent of both Members and Distance Learning Diploma Course students around the world, past and present. Botanical Painting features techniques and materials for all levels and demonstrates how these skills can be used to develop your own expertise
However, I regret to say that, in my view, this book does NOT replace 'The Art of Botanical Painting' which in my opinion remains the better book for instruction.
If limited funds mean you have to choose between the two, I'd recommend you buy the first book rather than the latest publication. It'll also cost you less!
Let me explain why...
Marta Chirino who co-ordinated the recent Tulipa Tulipae exhibition and associated catalogue at the Real Botanical Gardens in Madrid has made a very effective slideshow video of the sequence of how the show came about from beginning to end.
You can view it below.
This exhibition celebrated the tulip and was a collaboration between
More details of the exhibition can be found in my blog posts about
Tulipa Tulipae - El tulipa ilustrado (Tulipa, Tulipae - the illustated tulip) is a book about botanical art relating to tulips.
It's also the catalogue (in Spanish) for an exhibition at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid which is all about how tulips have been represented by botanical art from the 600 years - by botanical artists past and present.
Fortunately for those of us who don't read Spanish it also has an English translation at the end - which is very welcome for a book which is a jolly good read. I've learned a few things while reading it.
The Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid has joined forces with the oldest botanical art society in the world, the Society of Botanical Artists to develop a comprehensive exhibition about the botanical art of tulips covering 89 different varieties.
The objective of the exhibition is to show the distinct botanical aspects of the tulip - in terms of its anatomy, taxonomy and classification groups of the genus Tulipa - alongside exhibitions which demonstrate how the tulip has evolved in terms of botanical art over time.
Unusually for a catalogue of an art exhibition, Tulipa Tulipae is both comprehensive and a jolly good read - if you like botanical art history as I do.
I learned about
The book has been written by
In terms of the artists whose work is included, first of all I'd like to say it is wonderful to be able to see the entire exhibition from my home in London.
The paintings I particularly liked included:
I only have one small gripe about the book - and that is the English Translation is at the back and hence the words that go with the images are not next to them. It's OK for the most part. However I personally would have preferred to have what I think of as the Taschen version i.e. two columns of text on each page - for the two languages - and then images opposite. That's the way it works for the biographies and it would have been a really super book if it had been like that throughout.
In terms of getting hold of the book it's available
Hopefully in future we can get the various Botanical Gardens collaborating so they can each supply the books by the others! They already have so many existing connections - it would be good if their various publishers and stores could also collaborate! :)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - for anybody who likes tulips and art history. I'm one such so for me it's just perfect!
Longer term, I can only recommend that more botanical art societies do projects like this and become involved in the creation of books which record the output of their members. Exhibitions are wonderful to visit - but you can keep coming back to a favourite book.
Tulipa Tulipae opened yesterday in the Villanueva Pavilion at the Real Jardín Botánico (RJB) in Madrid. The exhibition comprises:
You can see a video of a television segment on the local news about the exhibition - which includes an interview with Marta Chirino who has organised the exhibition and contains views of the exhibition.
There is a rather wonderful catalogue in Spanish and English and I hope to be able to find out more about how this will become accessible and/or available in the next few days.
I've been promised some pics from exhibition after the excitement of the launch activities - so there'll be another blog post
There are also a wide range of educational and outreach activities, including workshops, guided tours and live demonstrations during the next two months.
Botanical illustration courses + Meet the artist
Some of the activities are art-related. For the student of botanical illustration these include:
There are also a couple of opportunities to meet some of the artists participating in the show.
This post is a review of the 2017 annual exhibition "Changing Seasons" of the Society of Botanical Artists. This year there are 467 paintings, drawings and prints, Miniatures and works in three dimensions (glass, sculpture, jewellery) by members and associated members of the SBA and artwork from non-members selected from the open entry.
The show is on at the Central Hall Westminster in London (opposite Westminster Abbey) until Saturday 21st October. It's open every day from 11am to 5pm and admission is free.
I'm going to comment on:
Viewing this year's exhibition
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