Sarah Graham is renowned for her large works about plants on paper. Her work is at what I think of as the fine art end of botanical drawing and painting.
Later this month she is having a solo exhibition in London - which marks an important shift in her focus as it concentrates on just one plant.
Venue: Lyndsey Ingram (Gallery) 20 Bourdon Street, LondonW1K 3PL
Dates: 26th September - 2nd November, 2018
The exhibition focuses on the magnificent forms of just one plant the Medinilla magnifica also known as the rose grape - which just so happens to be a plant which greatly intrigues me every time I see it in the Princess of Wales Glasshouse at Kew (just to the right of the pond of nympheas). I always make a point of having a look at where it's got to in its life cycle.
You can view the works in the exhibition - a group of new large drawings - in the e-catalogue for the exhibition available via Issuu. They vary between ink on paper and graphite on paper.
Graham's style has evolved over time but he always seems attracted to large and stong, almost sculptural, shapes in plants. At one point she was just working in charcoal and graphite on paper. Then she began to add colour and started working with coloured inks - on large sheets of paper - sometimes joined together (e.g. to make support 49" x 70"). The works in this exhibition are even larger.
You can see how big her work is in situ on her website. Some of you who have been to exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery may well have seen some of her works.
PS You can see an e-catalogue of previous works exhibited at the Gallery in 2016 and in the other e-catalogues on Issuu
Sarah Graham was born in Edinburgh in 1973. Between 1992 and 1996 she completed two MA’s at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art in History of Art and Fine Art.... Natural forms, insects and the plant world provide her main source of inspiration, either borrowed from the Natural History Museum or forming collections from her travels in the studio.
17/9/2018 05:52:08 am
Wow after visiting her website and looking at some of the paintings, her work is very large-- one flower head fills approximately a 48"X36" canvas! Love it when artists are so bold as to focus on the intricate details of plants!
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