I'm just about to start writing up the exhibitions visited and artists I've spoken to in the last three days - but given the fact I'm still suffering from the 3rd attack of the dreaded lurgy this might be a bit slow.
- I'm starting with this post which will focus on the prizewinners and those demonstrating over the next week.
- There will be a follow up post about the exhibition generally and highlighting those who got Certificates of Botanical Merit and were Highly Commended
- I'm also probably doing a couple of posts on the RHS Show simply because the art was fabulous and the tips about how to get a gold medal were just as good!
Society of Botanical Art - 2013 Awards
The theme of this year's exhibition is "The Language of Flowers" is being held at its normal venue - Westminster Central Hall - opposite Westminster Abbey - until Sunday, 21 April 2013. It's free to enter and is open every day between 11am to 5pm including Sundays.
|SBA President Vickie Marsh at the Awards Ceremony|
The President’s Award for work in other media Cash prize for work in media other than watercolour
|Winner of the President's Award|
Acanthus spinosus by Rachel Munn SBA
pen and ink with coloured pencil
Winner: Penny Stenning for Garden Visitors
St Cuthbert's Mill Award - Paper to the value of £100 for an outstanding watercolour painting.
Winner: Julia Trickey SBA - Leaves from Bath Botanical Garden
|Winner St Cuthbert's Mill Award |
Julia Trickey and Leaves from Bath Botanical Garden (£1,800)
watercolour on full sheet
Watch out for Julia in my posts about the RHS Show - she won her fourth Gold Medal the next day at the RHS Show!
You can also see her work in the ‘What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions’, 2007- 2012 Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh. USA 22 March-30 June 2013 Her leaf is being used as the motif for the exhibition on their website.
The Joyce Cuming Presentation Award A legacy from Joyce Cuming – a sterling silver Almoner’s plate. The winner receives a certificate.
Winner: Fiona Wheeler - Breadfruit (664)
Those Highly Commended will be highlighted in a subsequent post.
The Margaret Granger Memorial Silver Bowl In memory of Margaret for the best picture by a member elected in the last two years.
Winner: Norma Gregory SBA - for a body of work, but especially the Coltsfoot Seedhead
|Winner of Margaret Granger Memorial Award|
Body of work esp. Coltsfoot Seed-head (£1,250) by Norma Gregory SBA
watercolour, body colour and acrylic
Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award In memory of Founder President Suzanne Lucas
Winner: Robert McNeill Assoc SBA - Abies koreana 'Carron'
|Winner of the Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award|
Robert McNeill Assoc SBA and Abies koreana 'Carron' (£5,500)
Robert is the husband of the very successful botanical artist Fiona Strickland SBA (see my interview with Fiona last year). Like her he has switched from painting in oil and acrylic to watercolour and has demonstrated a tremendous level of competence in what he's done to date. Fiona commented that throughout their art education and subsequent careers they have very often done things together. I can well imagine we'll be seeing joint husband and wife exhibitions from these two in galleries in future.
Note: Fans of Fiona's work will be disappointed to learn she has no work in the exhibition this year as she has been working on no less than 43 hand-painted illustrations for a new book about cooking with eggs.
Daler-Rowney Award A wooden boxed set of Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolours
Winner: Janet Pope Assoc SBA - Potato growth Cycles I-III (515-517)
|Janet Pope being presented with the Daler-Rowney Award|
|Harvest Time by Annie Soudain|
Great Art Award For an outstanding exhibit. The winner chooses £500.00 of materials from the Great Art catalogue
Winner: Annie Soudain SBA - for a body of work - reduction linocuts of Great Dixter, Harvet Time, Iced Over, Bluebell Dell and Canal Bank
I was kicking myself over this - I've photographed Annie's work many times as her reduction linocut work is very impressive. However for some reason I didn't this time. However I do have a photograph of one of the images which are part of her body of work this time.
Derwent Award For an outstanding work in a pencil medium. The winner receives chooses £200.00 of materials from the Derwent catalogue
Winner: Linda Hampson SBA - "Lily Stargazer" (271)
|Winner Derwent Award|
"Lily Stargazer - Dark Pink" (271) (£350 - SOLD) by Linda Hampson SBA
coloured pencil and pastel
There are daily demonstrations by SBA members working in a variety of different media used for botanical art. Those remaining are:
- Sunday, 14 April Jan Harbon SBA Watercolour
- Monday, 15 April Sue Vize SBA Graphite
- Tuesday, 16 April Elizabeth Hellman AssocSBA and Janet Lye AssocSBA, DLDC graduates - Techniques learned on Distance Learning Diploma Course
- Wednesday, 17 April Roger Reynolds SBA Watercolour pencils
- Thursday, 18 April, 11.15am–5pm Billy Showell SBA Watercolour
- Friday, 19 April, 11am–5pm Simon Williams SBA Gouache
- Saturday, 20 April Joyce Rogerson SBA Miniature painting
- Sunday, 21 April Ann Swan SBA Coloured pencil
- Society of Botanical Artists: "The Language of Flowers" - Call for Entries outlines the requirements of those submitting entries to this open exhibition
- Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2012: Call for Entries - an overview of what's required for those wanting to enter work for the Annual Exhibition
- Society of Botanical Artists Submission Day - and a botanical egg - a picture of the process on Submission Day
- Certificates of Botanical Merit at SBA 2012 - identifies the artists and images which this year were awarded a CBM
- 2012 Prizewinners at Society of Botanical Art's Annual Exhibition - highlights the main prizewinners
- A 'Making A Mark' Profile of Fiona Strickland about an interview with Fiona Strickland