Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Botanical Paintings
from the Kew Collection
Sat 28 August 2010 - Mon 03 January 2011
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art Kew

The Hidden Treasure exhibition holds the focus upon aspects of plant life that exist beneath the soil. In this show my two paintings of the purple tall bearded Iris germanica 'Superstition' and the white flowered Lilium regale will for the first time be shown side by side. Painted as a pair, each work shows the life size plant with corm and bulb respectively, and in situ. Each work is over 5ft in height.
Kew press release

Lilium regale post (scroll down this blog page)

Friday, June 04, 2010

The Comparison of the Old and the New

Old and New South American Botanical Art
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery Kew
May 8 to August 8 2010

This is the first of two new exhibitions in the Gallery as part of RBG Kew’s
Biodiversity Year celebrations.
This new exhibition has the purpose of comparing the old and the new of a specific branch of Botanical Art. It show cases some spectacular and inetnsely devotional drawing from the Mutis Collection from Spain, alongside contemporary botanical masterworks of plants that originate from the South American countries. The works from the Mutis Collection reveal a wealth of botanical techniques that map the course of Botanical Art. By placing the contemporary works from the Sherwood Collection alongside these earlier works, we are offered the chance to gain some insight into the way that contemporary artists who work in the botanical art realm, have developed their techniques, by sustaining and developing the very best of what has come before.

You can see my painting of the South American plant Lapageria rosea, commonly known as the Chilean Bellflower. It grows in the forests of southern Chile and is the national flower of Chile. It is part of the Valdivian flora.
The painting shows both the Lapageria rosea and the cultivated white form Lapageria rosea 'Albiflora'. The plant used as the specimen model for the painting thrives in Dr Sherwood's own greenhouse, in Oxfordshire.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Art of Plant Evolution
exhibiton extended to 11 April 2010

The immensely popular show The Art of Plant Evolution at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic gardens Kew has been extended to the 11th April 2010 by popular demand. The large Lilium regale painting has received many compliments, with admirers returning again and again to view and study the work. There is a fabulous catalogue to accompanying the exhibition: