Jenny Brasier (1936 - 2020)
It's been announced that Jenny Brasier GM passed away at the end of December 2020.
Her achievements in the botanical art world included:
A study by Jenny Braiser in the collection of the V&A Museum.
Jenny Brasier was born on 9th August 1936 in Alvechurch, England and died on 28th December 2020 in East Sussex.
She had no formal training in botanical art. However no less a person than Wilfrid Blunt encouraged her to start painting plants and flowers in her later years and became known for her small jewel like watercolour paintings on vellum.
Her artwork was published in The Art of Botanical Illustration' by Wilfrid Blunt and William Stearn (1994 version):
"Jenny Brasier is not a professional artist but was encouraged by Wilfrid Blunt and John Whitehead to draw and paint plants (Colour Plate 112); she excels at the portrayal of leaves (see the preliminary pages of this book)."
In addition she was well known for her horticultural endeavours and she illustrated Hosta: the flowering foliage plant by Diana Grenfell (1990).
Exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens include:
"Jenny Brasier’s work is highly versatile and very beautiful with some of her brilliant, jewel-like watercolours on vellum having the intense quality of medieval illuminated manuscripts."
I've moved my summary about Jenny Brasier from the Botanical Artists in the UK page to the 20th and 21st Century Artists page in the History Section.
NOTE: A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Jenny Brasier will be held in Cornwall later in the year "when life will hopefully be a little more normal...."
6/1/2021 07:25:41 pm
Jenny was one of the first botanical artists of whom I became aware twenty years ago. She is still one of the greats for me and her paintings never fail to attract and fascinate. She will be greatly missed.
6/1/2021 09:26:19 pm
I was honoured to consider Jenny Brasier a friend and she was one of my volunteers in the Linnean Society for a time, before she moved to the West Country. We were lucky in having the Christmas card she did for us and I still treasure one of those. She will be much missed.
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