Today's post is about the botanical artists receiving awards from the Society of Botanical Artists and Sponsors at Plantae 2023. The annual exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists took place last week at the Mall Galleries in London.
It includes images of the artwork receiving awards and more information about the artists (links to their websites are embedded in their names).
It follows on from
BELOW the various awards are divided into three categories
NOTE: The Plantae 2023 Catalogue sold out and is being reprinted. It should be available from the shop on the SBA website in about two weeks.
Society of Botanical Artists Awards
These are awards which originate within the Society of Botanical Artists and members past and present. Often as a memorial to a particular member
Joyce Cumming Presentation Award
Legacy from Joyce Cuming (a sterling silver Almoner’s plate) - for a beautiful botanical piece; Certificate for the winner | Chosen by the SBA Council
(7) Prunus by Hee-Soon Baik SBAF
Hee-Soon Baik SBAF lives in Korea. Hee-Soon previously exhibited in Plantae 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. She also won the Koran National Arboretum Director General's Award at the Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition in Korea (at the Korea National Arboretum) in 2018.
She has also told her story of her studies and how her career as a botanical artist has developed when elected to as a Fellow of SBA.
"I am not an art major, but I have always been interested in plants. I observe plants, compare how they differ from other plants, look for data, and start drawing when I have some confirmation.
Margaret Granger Memorial Silver Bowl
Certificate for the winner + Name engraved on the Silver Bowl
For the best work or body of work by a member elected in the last two years | Chosen by Council
Four Wet Autumn Leaves by Izabela Wolska-Kuśmider SBAF
(top row Alnus glutinosa; Bottom row: Quercus robur - image is take from the catalogue as the leaves were separated in the exhibition.) You can see how they were exhibited below.
Izabela Wolska-Kuśmider is Polish and lives in Warsaw. She studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. She graduated from the SBA's Distance Learning Diploma Course with Distinction. Iza is a Fellow of The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA)
Certificate for the winner | Chosen by the current President(s)
(66) Oak by Mary Anne Aytoun Ellis
Many people were surprised by Mary Anne Aytoun Ellis's paintings of trees in the exhibition. They were very large, they were very detailed and they were also very expensive! I gather they divided the visitors. Many loved them while there were some who felt they had no business being in a botanical art exhibition. To which my response would be:
Mary Anne Aytoun Ellis is a leading British painter (hence the expensive price tags). Her work takes its inspiration from the natural world and in particular from the fields, woods and hedges near my home. What's unusual about it is that she paints in egg tempera, mixing the colours and applying them in many layers and glazes intermixed with intense passages of detailed pencil drawing, watercolour and pen and ink
The John Waterman Award
Judged by Charlotte Brooks and Helen Allen
The John Waterman Award has three placements:
a top prize of ≈, a second prize of £500 or a third prize of £250, and the Jackson’s Art award with a £100 voucher prize.
Christina Mucha is based in Singapore.
Carolyn Jenkins lives in London and is an award-winning botanical artist and a professional gardener. Painting plants and flowers in watercolour brings together her love of art and gardening. She is an RHS Gold Medal winning artist - winning Gold and ‘Best Exhibit’ in 2011.
Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award in Recognition of Services to SBA
Recognition for a person who has given outstanding service to the Society,
In memory of Founder President Suzanne Lucas; winners' names are inscribed in the Memorial Book named after the first President of the SBA.
The Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award for 2023 has been awarded to Pamela Henderson who has been a stalwart in providing administrative support for both the SBA and the DLDC for many years, although she now focuses on just the DLDC.
Sponsors' Awards (monetary)
Last year I had a long debate with myself about which of two people should get the Inaugural Award. In the end I gave the inaugural award to one and bought an artwork from the other. This year both artists were back and the one who didn't win the award last year had four artworks selected for the exhibition - one of which was awarded the Exhibiting Excellence for work in another media.
Charlie Davies is a second-time exhibitor. She became a printmaker in 2016 after she gave up her job in order to pursue art on a full-time basis. The same year she also signed up for a beginners etching course at Oxford Printmakers (OPC) and was taught the basics of etching including Drypoint, hard and soft ground and aquatint. She now loves soft ground etching and is now a member of both Oxford Printmakers and a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists. Her work can be seen by two art galleries who represent her at Cymbaline art gallery in Princess Risborough and in Wychwood art gallery in Deddington, North Oxfordshire. Plus her work has been exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea; she exhibits regularly at Oxford Artweeks and she has a shop on Etsy.
I'm a big fan of printmaking and would like to see more people doing it - hence the prize! Plus she caught my eye last year and I've bought her work last year and this year. What I like about her artwork is that it is grounded in the views of plants I see every day on my pre- and post-surgery get fit walks. It's well drawn, it looks natural and it's an etching! She's also an example of somebody who makes a decision to become an artist and then works hard at making it a career - making a mark - which is also something I admire.
If she agrees, there will be a blog post following an interview with her on this news blog.
Sponsors Awards - by art materials companies
Jackson’s Art Prize
Prize: £100 Voucher for art materials from Jackson's Art Materials
(30) Verity Clark - A Fyne View
Verity Clark is a first time exhibitor (via the open entry) and not a botanical artist as such as she has wider interests in art generally. This drawing of seaweed in the foreground of the shores of Loch Fyne on the west coast of Scotland was completed using pencils and panpastel on pastelmat.
William Cowley Parchment and Vellum Makers
Prize £80 voucher for vellum from Cowley's
Helleborus x hybridus - Lauren Lusk
(watercolour and graphite on natural calfskin vellum)
Lauren Lusk submitted via the Open Entry and her painting is small.
I have few details about her other than that she is a mother and Rachel de Thame's daughter. This is her Instagram account and she's in the middle of setting up a website.
Toni now likes to develop series of paintings. In 2021, she won an RHS Gold Medal for her exhibit- Pomegranate: Punica granatum after she had plenty of time to watch the seasonal changes of the pomegranate tree.
I'm a big fan of those who use their exhibit to display the life cycle of a plant. You can see her paintings on her social media sites - Facebook / Instagram)
Vintage Paper Company, Orkney
Prize: Handmade Sketchbook in presentation box
(6) Corydalis sp. by Julia Assenbaum SBAF
Another large painting by Julia Assenbaum SBA who:
Faber Castell Prize
For an outstanding work in a pencil medium. Prize: 120 Polychromos Pencils
(67-80) body of work - Diane Frank SBAF
I cannot find any information about Diane Frank online.
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