|The Botanical Artists selected by the RHS to exhibit at their Autumn Botanical Art Show 2014|
- from Bath, Cornwall and Lincolnshire (England)Midlothian (Scotland)Powys (Wales),
and Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, South Africa and the USA (Maine and Florida)
More from the artists and photographers whose work was submitted and selected for last week's Royal Horticultural Society Exhibitions of Botanical Art and Botanical Photography - with a view to winning those all important RHS Medals!
RHS Botanical PhotographyI viewed the Botanical Photography first (displayed on the Mezzanine level in the Lawrence Hall for anybody who missed it). This is always exhibited at one of the RHS exhibitions in October - usually the Autumnal colours rather than the Harvest themed.
Four Gold Medals were won as follows.
|GOLD MEDAL: Kobaimo - Japanese Endemic Fritillaria by Laurence Hill |
It's not really bendy - it's just my camera trying to get it all in!
His display played tribute to:
- shashin - which relates to how images were created as prints and the incredible importance of demonstrating authenticity - of having handled the plant
- Iinuma Yokusai - a Honzu-Gaku (Herbal doctors) of the late-Edo period who was responsible for the publication of the first botanical book in Japan - the Somoku-dzusetsu (an iconography of herbaceous and woody plants of Japan)
His photographs are printed on rice paper and the format adopted is that of the old wood block prints of plants.
|Two of the exhibits in Kobaimo - Japanese Endemic Fritillaria by Laurence Hill|
Laurance has also developed a website - Fritillaria Icones - which serves as a photographic botanical database for all all Fritillaria species. Its purpose is to help with identification, research and conservation of Fritillaria.
|GOLD MEDAL WINNER: The Art of Plants by Nigel Chapman|
|GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Past Perfect by Polina Plotnikova|
The fourth Gold Medal was won by Plants (in this instance "Lichens on Flint") by J Cassidy Photography (Cambridgeshire).
RHS Botanical ArtThis is a commentary on other interesting aspects of the Botanical Art Show
Medals awardedThe medals were awarded as follows.
- Gold Medals - see Three RHS Gold Medals for Botanical Art and a video interview
- Silver Gilt
- Mangoes by Hillary Parker (Florida, USA)
- Non-Native Plant Invaders 2 by Janet Dyer (Midlothian, Scotland)
- Parrot Tulip Varieties by Julia Trickey GM (Bath, England)
- Fritillaria by Sally Strawson (Lincolnshire, England)
- Tree leaves, fruits & seeds by Christiana Webb GM
- Stories of Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) - The Eternal Flower of Korea by Hae Kyung Kim
- Endangered species of flowers in Japan by Harue Takumi
- Alba Roses (Grown in New Brunswick, Canada) by Julie Wilson
- Bronze: Fibonacci Series 2 by Regina Gardner Milan
Using a black backgroundThe 'classic' background for botanical art is white paper (and all the variations on white that this means!). However a black background can also been found in botanical art history and Julia Trickey's Silver Gilt display was of Parrot Tulips on a black background.
|Julia Trickey's display of Parrot Tulips - with a black background|
|Julia Trickey with a Parrot Tulip with a black background |
BFORE the black background was added.
Another type of background
|Mangoes by Hillary Parker|
Awarded a Silver Gilt Medal
I was very impressed with Hillary Parker ASBA's Mangoes. The background is a very subtle monochrome map which illustrates where in the world each mango was found. I love the fact you do not notice the map until up close and that the delineation did not distract from the main subject.
The geography of botany is something which is not often highlighted and it was a refreshing change to see this particular aspect of each plant highlighted in this way. I gather the Judges also liked it!
The international aspectEvery RHS Botanical Art show I turn up to I'm very impressed with the number of artists who have submitted from overseas - and been accepted - and then travelled to the show.
That's a major commitment and expense - but just imagine having to get all your labels and subject narratives done in a language which wasn't your first language!
This is Hae Kyung Kim from Korea and her exhibit of Stories of Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) - The Eternal Flower of Korea
|Stories of Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) - The Eternal Flower of Korea by Hae Kyung Kimawarded a Silver Medal|
The displayI do hope those organising the show will try in future to allocate stand panels so that it's possible to see the complete display easily.
I felt it was really unfair to those who were on the outside edges of the right angled stand as it was completely impossible to appreciate all the exhibit at once. That's very sad also for the visitors when two of the exhibitors affected were both winners of Gold Medals!
I think this is the first show I've been to where this aspect has been so poor.
I guess the saving grace is it wasn't as bad as the Spring Show where the artists were really crowded and viewing and movement was very difficult for visitors. Plus the artist who won the best overall display was stuck in a very dim spot!
- the botanical artists have enough space for their exhibit so that people can view their work properly
- every exhibit can be easily seen in its entirety.
More about Botanical art
- Three RHS Gold Medals for Botanical Art and a video interview 26 October 2014 -
- Ten Top Tips for winning an RHS Gold Medal for Botanical Art 14 Apr 2013 - Have you ever wondered whether your artwork is good enough to submit to the RHS Botanical Art Exhibition; Have you got the stage where you've started to wonder about the logistics of what's involved in submitting an entry?
- Interviews with RHS Botanical Art Gold Medal Winners 18 Apr 2013 - Interviews with eight botanical artists who won Gold Medals at the RHS Botanical Art Show in April 2013.
- RHS Botanical Art Show 2013 - Selected artists 09 Mar 2013 - List of 30 botanical artists from 10 countries selected for The RHS Botanical Art Show 2013 in London in April.
- 7 Gold Medal Winners at RHS Botanical Art 2012 17 Mar 2012
- RHS Botanical Art Show & Five Gold Medal Winners 21 Mar 2011
- How to enter the RHS Botanical Art Show 22 Mar 2011
- RHS Gold Medal Botanical Art 23 Feb 2007
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- [Link UPDATE] The Best Botanical Art Instruction Books Learn about the best botanical art instruction books.
- The Best Books about Botanical Artists & Illustrators If you love botanical art and want to know more about some of the important the artists - in the past and present - who have created botanical art and illustration
- [Link UPDATE] Botany for Botanical Artists Did you know that RHS Gold Medal winning artists often have a very strong botanical theme to their artwork?
- [Link UPDATE] A History of Botanical Art This site focuses on the development of botanical art and botanical illustration.