Botanical Art in the 21st CenturySat 08 February - Sun 10 August 2014
Contemporary botanical art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, including work from Italian artists never previously exhibited in the UK, and featuring paintings from 'Overleaf' by Susan Ogilvy, and 'Magnolias' by Barbara Oozeerally.
Paintings of roses by Regine Hagedorn
- Venue: The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens (how to find us)
- Dates: Saturday 8 February - Sunday 10 August 2014
- Price: FREE with admission to the Gardens
- Garden ticket prices: £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. Kids 16 and under go free! (detailed ticket information)
- More information: contact the gallery on 0208 332 3622 or email@example.com
Golden Dewdrop (Durantia erecta) by Phansakdi Chakkaphak
About the exhibition
This new exhibition, ‘Botanical Art in the 21st Century’, celebrates the remarkable, worldwide renaissance of botanical art today. Recently acquired works in the Shirley Sherwood Collection illustrate both traditional and new painting techniques. The exhibition demonstrates the breadth and depth of botanical art, where fresh approaches and technical advances are changing the idea of what botanical art is about.
‘Botanical Art in the 21st Century’ is a modification of an exhibition mounted last year in Pisa, Italy, in the Museo della Grafica, called ‘Botanical Art into the Third Millennium’. Alongside the Shirley Sherwood Collection there will be a selection of recent works by Italian artists on display, some of which were painted specially for the Pisa show and many have never been exhibited in the UK before.
Many of the artists in the exhibition from the Shirley Sherwood Collection were born from 1950 onwards and a few only came to botanical art very recently. These artists are continuing a very long tradition of botanical art and this exhibition will illustrate how artists are using different media and new techniques to develop the genre into the 21st century. Artists such as Beverly Allen, Sarah Graham and Sue Herbert are painting either life-size or vastly magnifying subjects and other artists in the exhibition are developing the design and compositions of their paintings.
These new practices will also be exhibited alongside paintings using more established techniques and more traditional in their approach, examples will include works on vellum by Rory McEwen and Kate Nessler and copper-plate etchings coloured by Bryan Poole using the technique a la poupée in a similar fashion to that of Joseph Pierre Redouté.
Many areas of botanical art are undergoing exciting changes and this new exhibition aims to showcase how exciting the future is for botanical art.
This exhibition is accompanied by Magnolias by Barbara Oozeerally, which opens on 15 January 2014 and is on display until 3 August 2014. To accompany the exhibition Kew Publishing in association with the Royal Horticultural Society have published Magnolias in Art and Cultivation, with over 150 botanical paintings by award winning artist Barbara Oozeerally capturing the magnolia in breathtaking detail. Described by botanical art collector Dr Shirley Sherwood as ‘an extraordinary series of important and beautiful plant portraits’.
Along with the paintings is the informative text by Jim Gardiner, Director of Horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society, and Stephen A. Spongberg, Curator Emeritus of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Director Emeritus of the Polly Hill Arboretum. The text provides a variety of information about magnolias and their cultivation, covering all hardy species and around 100 hybrids and cultivars, together with full botanical descriptions. This truly unique volume will be sought after by gardener and artist alike.
And there is a third exhibition in the gallery, Overleaf. Overleaf is a selection of paintings by award-winning botanical artist Susan Ogilvy, delicately depicting a range of leaves, selected from trees across the temperate regions of Europe and North America. The exhibition is accompanied by the book of the same name, Overleaf (Kew Publishing), by Richard Ogilvy and Susan Ogilvy, which features paintings of both sides of the leaves of 37 trees along with thought-provoking text.
The Overleaf display will also open on 8 February 2014 and run until 10 August 2014.
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