Selected New Zealand artists for ‘Ngāi Tipu Taketake - Indigenous Flora’ (Botanical Art Worldwide #3)
Botanical Art Worldwide 2018 Exhibition in New Zealand
‘Ngāi Tipu Taketake - Indigenous Flora’ is New Zealand’s contribution to the Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition in 2018. This post is about the 36 botanical artists and the 40 botanical paintings, fine art prints and illustrations selected for the exhibition - from the 96 submissions from 53 artists that were submitted.
The exhibition in New Zealand will open at Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland, 2105 on March 30th 2018.
After it closes on 1st July 2018, it will then tour around the country for the rest of the year including the
The exhibition in New Zealand has been organised by the Friends of Auckland Botanical Gardens and Botanical Art Society of New Zealand, Inc. - with Lesley Alexander Smith, Sandra Morris and Liz Powell as the main organisers of the NZ exhibition. I'd like to thank Jenny Haslimeier for helping me to put this post together.
Entries to the exhibition have been juried by a team consisting of
Below you can find the names and profiles of the botanical artists whose work has been selected for the exhibition. Also included are images of some of the selected artworks - and there are some real stunners!
Please note that some artists have 2 artworks accepted.
The list below comprises:
- Phormium tenax, New Zealand Flax, ‘Harakeke’, ‘Kōrari’
Suzy Abbott has been an active member of the Botanical Art Society of New Zealand (BASNZ) for 10 years, exhibiting annually. Her painting New Zealand Flax Phormium Tenax was one of the works in the 2014 Canterbury Plains Florilegium exhibition and was acquired by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Lesley Alexander Smith (Facebook | Instagram)
- Agathis australis, ‘Kauri’
Lesley is a botanical artist living in Auckland. Originally from the UK, she studied Scientific Illustration (BA Hons 1st class) at Middlesex Polytechnic and worked as a medical illustrator before moving to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband and 3 young children in 2003. She completed a Diploma in Botanical Art through the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA), earning a Distinction in 2015. Painting plants in watercolour, graphite and ink are her passions. Lesley currently runs botanical illustration workshops at Kumeu Art Centre, Auckland.
- Hibiscus richardsonii, ‘Puarangi’
- Pteris tremula ‘Shaking Brake’, ‘Turawera’
- Discaria toumatou, ‘Matakoura’, ‘Matagouri’
Karen Bowman Atherton
Dodonaea viscosa ‘Ake-ake’
Karen Bowman Atherton lives in Christchurch and is a member of the Botanical Art Society of New Zealand (BASNZ) and American Society of Botanical Art (ASBA). She has a BA from the University of Canterbury in Art History and has learned botanical art techniques during weekly sessions with BASNZ since 2013. Karen collects specimens on her daily walks and scans them to use as botanical references, in conjunction with her sketchbooks and herbarium specimens. She is interested in New Zealand natives and also in overlooked weeds and wildflowers. She works mostly in coloured pencil with a water colour wash, and occasionally in graphite. Karen has been featured in the ASBA Journal and regularly fulfils commission requests.
- Brachyglottis rotundifolia, ‘Muttonbird scrub’, ‘Puharetaiko’
Rebecca begins her work with a study of the mechanisms and anatomy of the plant so she can first understand it and secondly portray it accurately. She is also passionate about traveling to see her subjects in their environments and prefers to draw them in the field whenever possible.
Vicki Catlow - Dacrydium cupressinum, ‘Rimu’
Carole Cornes (Facebook)
- Pseudopanax laetus
Carole is a full time botanical artist who works from her garden studio. A student of the Birmingham Art School in her younger years, Carole is now concentrating on botanical works. She's continuing her studies via The Society of Botanic Art distance learning course based in London.
- Knightia excelsa NZ Honeysuckle, ‘Rewarewa’
- Celmisia coriacea
- Ranunculus lyallii, ‘Mount Cook lily’
Valerie has specialised in printmaking for the last 13 years and focuses on the use of non toxic forms of printmaking, drypoint and lino. Her favourite subjects are the natural things around her from the New Zealand landscape, seashore, ocean, native flowers and trees and from the farming landscape. She also gathers information from her own garden. The Drypoint below is of the world's largest buttercup (which used to be known as the Mount Cook Lily) and is one of New Zealand's best known alpine plants.
- Knightia excelsa, NZ Honeysuckle, ‘Rewarewa’
- Solanum laciniatum ‘Poroporo’
Jo's parents had a great love and knowledge of native flora and fauna which they shared with her as a child. After training as a designer, Jo now lives and works in Christchurch and has participated in many joint and solo exhibitions. Her aim with botanical painting is to capture flora honestly and beautifully, portraying both the essence and detail of the subject.
- Beilschmiedia tarairi, ‘Taraire’
Hamish is both Senior Lecturer at the School of Landscape Architecture at Unitec, Auckland and a practising artist. In 2004 he completed his Doctorate of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Foote’s central concern is the link between flora and fauna and their natural habitat. He focuses on the exploration of exotic and native plants, birds and insects. Each series of work has progressed from the plant to the landscape to the birds and insects that occupy the land. He's interested in the impact on both flora and fauna of the colonisation and clearance of native areas and habitats.
- Various species from Myrtacaea family
A self-taught illustrator and visual artist from Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland.
Jenny Haslimeier (Facebook | Instagram)
- Knightia excelsa with Looper caterpillar, NZ Honeysuckle, ‘Rewarewa’
- Metrosideros excelsa, ‘Pohutukawa’ - also known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree
Jenny began drawing at a young age. Plants and wildlife were always the main subjects of her paintings. Later she became a graphic designer, but continued to illustrate plants as a hobby. In 2014 she enrolled in the Botanical Illustration course at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and in 2016 she graduated with distinction. Jenny is a keen traveller and gets inspiration from visiting different places around the world, incorporating her findings into her artwork. She currently splits her time between Edinburgh, Scotland and Auckland, New Zealand, painting, running botanical illustration workshops and designing and illustrating books.
- Passiflora tetrandra, New Zealand passionflower, ‘Kohia’
- Cordyline australis, Cabbage Tree, ‘Tī Kōuka’
- Sophora tetraptera, ‘Large Leaved Kowhai’, ‘Kowhai’
Janet has been painting New Zealand birds and flora since 1970, when she produced paintings for three field guides on New Zealand Birds. These were followed by a series of limited edition reproductions during the 1970s and 1980s and a series of 10 definitive postage stamps on New Zealand endangered birds for New Zealand Post. She has been a regular exhibitor with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts since 1999 and in 2003 became a Signature member of WNAG, the World Nature Artists Group.
- Discaria toumatou, ‘Matagouri’, ‘Wild Irishman’
Jill was born in Hamilton. She trained as a printmaker - developing skills in drawing and translation and graduated from the University of Canterbury prior to setting up the Print Workshop at the Wellington Arts Centre. Now living in Auckland, McIntosh has completed her Masters of Fine Arts and her Diploma of Secondary Teaching at the University of Auckland. Her work is in the National Collection, the James Wallace Collection and private collections.
Maria Mercedes Trujillo Arango (Facebook Page | Instagram)
- Stilbocarpa polaris, Macquarie Island cabbage
Maria Mercedes is a self-taught illustrator-crafter from Bogotá-Colombia, who now calls New Zealand her home. She initially attended medical school and was a psychiatrist before deciding to pursue art full time in 2009.
Sandra Morris (Facebook | Instagram)
- Alpine Plants of Tongariro National Park
Sandra spent her early years in the Waikato before moving to Auckland. She graduated BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts (1975), Masters in Fine Arts (1990) prior to studying for a postgraduate diploma in plant and wildlife illustration from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (1995). While there she developed a real love for field sketching and nature journalling and has continued to focus on this in her free time. Sandra loves to travel to interesting and remote places to record the resident plants and wildlife. Sandra taught design and illustration for five years and is a committed community teacher of children's book illustration, botanical illustration and nature journalling.
- Clematis paniculata, ‘Puawhananga’
Helen Nutt is a founding and past President of the Botanical Art Society of NZ Inc (BASZ). In 2014, she contributed to the BASZ's 'The Canterbury Plains Florilegium Exhibition' (26 artworks by 14 artists) of indigenous plants of New Zealand which commemorated the Christchurch Botanic Garden’s 150th birthday celebration in 2014. Her ‘clematis paniculta’ is now part of the Christchurch Botanic Garden’s Collection. She was also awarded 1st in the Audrey Eagle Award in 2008. Helen trained in Australia at the Melbourne Botanical School, which encouraged her attention for detail and a passion for the pursuit of excellence in her work.
Neal Palmer (Facebook | Instagram)
- Phormium tenax - ‘Flax’, ‘Harakeke’
Neal Palmer lived and worked in the UK and Australia before settling in Auckland. As a painter, his concerns revolve around coming to terms with the visual language and natural environment of his new home, and an artist’s desire to have a painterly dialogue with the history of painting.
- Phormium tenax – ‘Flax’, ‘Harakeke’
Bryan Poole is a New Zealand born botanical and natural history fine art printmaker who is well known for his ontemporary botanical aquatint etchings. He has worked in the UK since the early 1980s. having become a botanical artist while working at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, under Dr Christopher Grey-Wilson, former editor of The Kew Magazine / Curtis Botanical Magazine and author of numerous books on botanical and horticultural subjects. Recently Bryan exhibited his botanical etchings in Central Otago in 2016 and his work was included in Plant: Exploring the Botanical World (Phaidron, 2016). His etchings are included in the Te Papa in Wellington, Otago University's Hocken Library, the Ralph Hotere Collection in Gore, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Natural History Museum, at Kew and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
- Dianella nigra, Blueberry, ‘Turutu’
Denise Ramsay GM (2014) (Facebook Page | Instagram)
- Fuchsia excorticata, New Zealand Fuchsia, ‘kōtukutuku’
- Fuchsia procumbens, Creeping fuchsia
Growing up in the North Island of New Zealand, Denise was surrounded by green hills and native forest, as all Kiwis are. Flowers, with their vibrant colours and delicate petals were always a strong attraction to her as a young girl and with paintbrush in hand she discovered she had a way of translating that beauty onto paper. She began painting botanical watercolours when she joined the Distance Learning Diploma Course with the Society of Botanical Artists UK, graduating after two years with Distinction. Denise won an RHS gold medal (2014) at her first attempt with "A Brilliant Life - Papaver Orientale". The complete set of six paintings were then purchased by Dr. Shirley Sherwood for her collection. This is my VIDEO interview with Denise with her artwork in the RHS Lindley Hall.
- Pachystegia insignis, ‘Marlborough Rock Daisy’
Kathleen M Reilly
- Asplenium bulbiferum ‘Mouku’, Hen & Chicken Fern’
Born and educated in Golden Bay where she now has a studio, Kathleen achieved a Certificate in Graphic Design at Christchurch Technical Institute in 1977. Kathy’s work is shown in galleries throughout New Zealand, and in Victoria, Australia. She is a member of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Eco Artists New Zealand. Her work is in collections throughout the world.
Emma Scheltema | (Instagram)
- Piper excelsum ‘Kawakawa’
Emma Scheltema is a freelance illustrator based in Auckland. She specialises in creating illustrations that communicate and clarify technical information and scientific and medical concepts, based on her training in ecology, biomedical science and visual design.
- Sonchus kirkii ‘New Zealand Sowthistle’, ‘Puha’
- Haematomma alpinum on Melicytus alpinus, Porcupine shrub, Mahoe
- Xeronema callistemon ‘Raupo Taranga’, ‘Poor Knights Lily’
- Rhabdothamnus solandri, ‘New Zealand gloxinia’, ‘taurepo’, ‘matata’ and ‘waiuatua’
Sue Wickison GM (2008)
- Clianthus puniceus, ‘Kaka beak’, Kōwhai Ngutu-kākā
- Dactylanthus taylorii, ‘Wooden rose’, ‘pua o te reinga’- Flower of the underworld
Sue interest in natural history and botanical subjects was nurtured by her father. She was born and brought up in Sierra Leone, West Africa and her father used to take her on expeditions locating, identifying and collecting botanical specimens. She studied Scientific Illustration at Middlesex Polytechnic gaining a 1st class BA Hons. Degree. Sue As a professional scientific illustrator, she traveled extensively while working on illustrated books for the Agricultural and Forestry departments in the Solomon Islands, Nepal and Vanuatu. She has also produced over 50 natural history stamp designs for several countries in the Pacific, including New Zealand. She and her family are now settled in New Zealand where she works as a freelance botanical artist. Her interests are intriguing native flora and plants of international interest. She was awarded an RHS Gold Medal in 2008 and has had an exhibition of her work in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery (see 'Black and White in Colour' at Kew Gardens - a review). One of her paintings (of the Traveller's Palm) was bought by Shirley Sherwood and is included in the current exhibition of botanical paintings of seeds and nuts at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.
Jane Zimmermann (Instagram)
- Sophora microphylla, ‘Kowhai’
An illustrator and designer based in Auckland, New Zealand.
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