Exhibition - Magnolias: Paintings by Barbara OozeerallyWed 15 January - Sun 03 August 2014
The extraordinary series of Magnolia paintings by Barbara Oozeerally will be on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art from 15 January 2014. The accompanying book Magnolias in Art and Cultivation is on sale now.
Painting of Magnolia × soulangeana 'Brozzonii'
- Venue: The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens (how to find us)
- Dates: Wednesday 15 January 2014 - Sunday 3 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.
- This is a selling exhibition. Paintings that are for sale can be found on our price list.
A seedhead of Magnolia ‘Pegasus’ - £500
About the artist
Barbara Oozeerally worked as an architect in Warsaw between 1976 and 1979 and later as a fashion designer before beginning painting full time in England in 1996. From an early age she created very detailed drawings of plants from her parent’s garden and in 1996 she bought Contemporary Botanical Artists, written by Dr Shirley Sherwood. Barbara realised that botanical art was becoming an increasingly popular subject area for many artists and became inspired to work in this genre.
Over the subsequent years Barbara has tackled many plant subjects, starting with plants such as irises, tulips and the wild flowers growing in her London garden. As her confidence grew she was attracted to paint pine cones, gourds, ornamental pumpkins, colourful Indian corns, and protea seed heads.
In 2005 Barbara embarked on a nine year project to produce over 150 paintings of magnolias, both species and hybrids. She travelled widely in England and Europe, working closely with owners of gardens, head gardeners and magnolia experts. All the paintings are life size: every bud, flower, branch, leaf and seed head measured, sketched and colour sample taken in situ with many paintings requiring long research and many weeks to finish. Dr Shirley Sherwood describes them as ‘an extraordinary series of important and beautiful plants’.
These paintings have been published in the extensively illustrated book Magnolias in Art and Cultivation, authored by Barbara, Jim Gardiner and Stephen A. Spongberg, published by Kew Publishing in association with the Royal Horticultural Society. Along with Barbara's paintings, 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, provide an informative text with 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.
Barbara’s precision, commitment and dedication to the subject are appreciated by many art collectors and art societies. She has won many awards in England and abroad, including two Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society (2002 and 2004), Certificates of Botanical Merits from the Society of Botanical Artists in London (2001), and the American Society of Botanical Artists (2003). She won the prestigious ‘Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art’ from the American Society of Botanical Artists, and she was also awarded a Silver Medal from the Kirstenbosch Biennale Exhibition of Botanical Art in Cape Town, South Africa (2002). Additionally Barbara won the Channel 4 Watercolour Challenge painting competition at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1999.
This exhibition is a selling show and several of the paintings by Barbara Oozeerally are for sale. We have an illustrated price list and are happy to process sales both in the gallery or by telephone on 020 8332 3622.
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