I visit a lot of art society exhibitions each year. I keep wondering why some of the most technically skilled use of watercolour that I see can only be found in the exhibitions by botanical artists.
For example, why do so few botanical artists who work solely in watercolour join those art societies which focus on painting in watercolour?
- Is there a perception amongst botanical artists that watercolour societies do not take botanical painting in watercolour seriously?
- Do watercolour societies not appreciate the level of excellence achieved by some of the best botanical artists?
- Is it a gender "thing"?
|Who are these vagabonds even more transient than we? |
Fay Ballard RWS
While it is possible to see some excellent examples of botanical art on display, in general it seems to me that the standard of work in watercolour in other exhibitions often seems somewhat adrift from the standards achieved in exhibitions by botanical artists. There are of course some notable exceptions - Fay Ballard RWS being one. I wish there were more....
Two questions for you:
- Do you know of botanical artists working in watercolour who exhibit outside in art society exhibitions
- Do you have any idea why botanical artists working in watercolour stick to the botanical art societies?
Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists
The Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists opens to the public tomorrow at Central Hall Westminster in Storeys Gate London.
The exhibition is open every day between 11am and 5pm until Sunday 29th April.
Admission is free although the catalogue is priced. All work is for sale.
I'm visiting the Private View today and will be posting a review on this blog tomorrow.
The artwork on the flyer for the exhibition is by Fiona Strickland DA (Edin) SBA GM CBM who is a brilliant artist who paints in watercolour
Note: Fay Ballard RWS graduated from Central Saint Martins Art School in September 2006 with an MA in Fine Art having previously studied History of Art at Sussex University. She also has a Diploma in Botanical Painting from the Chelsea Physic Garden and was elected as an Associate of the RWS last year in 2007 and subsequently became a full member. The painting of leaves shown above was exhibited in Royal Watercolour Society - Spring Show in 2008.