Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Barnstorming Botanicals

As we head into the wild and woolly weather of Autumn, (half term looming too) I thought I would give you a bit of an exhibition update as there are still plenty of botanical art exhibitions to enjoy, and keep everyone out of the dreadful weather of late. As always, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art over at Kew is the place to be, especially over the next few months. Firstly, the Black and White in Colour exhibition is already going strong and after the heady glory days of the Rory McEwen show in the summer, this beautiful display, "exploring the subtleties of the great range of black and white in the plant world" will keep the joyous enthusiasm for botanical art going right up until January next year. 

Illustration of Arisarum by Sue Wickison
Arisarum (Arisarum sp.) by Sue Wickison
From the Black and White in Colour exhibition
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Also on the go at Kew is the wonderful exhibition, Rory McEwen's Legacy: Artist's influenced by him in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, including contemporary artists demonstrating how the work of Rory McEwen influenced their own style and interest in botanical art. This show opened in April to run alongside the barnstorming, Colours of Reality exhibition, which highlighted and showcased the work of Rory McEwen, featuring his work spanning the decades between the 1950's to the early 1980's.

Painting of Radcliffe Square by Rory McEwen
Radcliffe Square by Rory McEwen
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Still to come with even more botanical splendour is the tour, book signing and up-coming exhibition of the collection of Alisa and Isaac. M. Sutton. Influenced to collect botanical art by his own appreciation of Dr. Sherwood's collection after seeing it at the National Arts Club in New York in 1997, Sutton began his own collection of botanical art which is now considered to be, "one of the finest private collections of contemporary botanical art in North America". Visitors to Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, who have also booked to go on the exhibition tour with the collector will be in for rare treat as 54 pieces from the collection will be on display. You lucky people. I will be heading up to see it for a birthday treat in January.

Illustration of the Sutton Dogwood
©Katie Lee
A sneaky peak at one of the pieces
 forming the exhibition
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