|Julie Whelan won the Margaret Granger Memorial Silver Bowl |
for the best painting by a member elected in the previous two years
Details about the demonstrations and tours during this next week are at the end of this post.
|the entrance to the SBA "Shape, Pattern and Structure" Exhibition|
Watercolour paintings by Sharon Fox are either side of the entrance
Today this post is about Prizewinners - with a post about those who won the Certificates of Botanical Merit tomorrow.
I'm afraid I'm missing a few images. I had intended to go back on Friday and fill in any gaps I found when I downloaded my photos on Thursday night. However my knee had other ideas and did its very best to try and dislocate and I'm unable to return until my knee brace arrives! If anybody else has got images of the prizes missing an image please let me know!
The Joyce Cuming Presentation Award
This is probably one of the most prized awards and is a sterling silver Almoner’s plate which is a legacy from Joyce Cuming. The winner also receives a certificate. Judges also produce a list of people who were Highly Commended during the selection process.
This year the prize is awarded to Janet Pope who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness.
|Exhibit by Janet Pope SBA|
- Marta Chirino GM SBA - for Luronium natans and Callitriche palustris
- Guy William Eves SBA FCPGFS CBM for Polystichum setiferum (pencil)
- Margaret J. Fitzpatrick DipAD SBA FCPGFS for Primula Vulgaris
- Christiana Webb GM GM for Kelp and Bladderwrack
- Dawn Wright CertBI for Landurrows's Little Treasures
- Eun Young Song Helianthocereus macrogonus cv. crista
|Botanical illustration of Spanish Aquatic Flora by Marta Chirico|
ink on polyester paper (3 x £650)
|Dawn Wright with her painting of Landurrows's Little Treasures|
Her other paintings are in the column to the right
|Kelp and Bladderwrack by Christiana Webb|
The Margaret Granger Memorial Silver Bowl
This award is given in memory of Margaret Granger for the best picture by a member elected in the last two years. As a prize it's an excellent incentive for a new member to create a memorable impression.
The 2016 winner is Julie Whelan SBA who was accepted as a full member of the SBA this year. (see below and the picture at top). Julie's paintings are most unusual as they form the basis of a pattern repeat using botanical art as the motif.
She researched all the motifs and processes used by William Morris when producing his floral artwork for decorative purposes and then proceeded to compose a design which worked. She described it to me and lost me about halfway through! It's very complicated! (If you're intrigued, the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow provides a pdf file about Working with Pattern)
Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award
This award is in memory of the Founder President Suzanne Lucas who had a very clear view that the portrayal of plants need not be highly scientific and illustrative.
“To incorporate more recent techniques and styles in a broader interpretation; combining the scientific and representational, giving a rich and varied view of the wonderful world of plants.”
Suzanne Lucas, Founder President 1915 – 2008
|Margaret Stevens with Julie Whelan |
at the Diploma Graduation Ceremony in 2012
(Courtesy Julie Whelan)
- her development of the Distance Learning Diploma Course (which she was Director of for many years) and
- her authorship of four different books published on behalf of the Society of Botanical Artists to support the learning of students on the Diploma Course (see SBA Books)
Margaret is now retired and has mobility problems and I haven't seen her since she last came to the exhibition to launch her last book on Plant Forms in 2012.
It's also now some years since I sat in a hotel bedroom in Bloomsbury on May day in 2009 and interviewed Margaret Stevens on the afternoon before the Gradiation Ceremony for Diploma Students in 2009.
However I do know for a fact that there are current members of the Society who were stimulated to sign up for the Diploma Course as a result of my blog post which resulted from that interview!
So here it is again - as my mark of respect to a great lady - A Making A Mark Interview with Margaret Stevens (May 2009) - for:
- those who read it the first time round and have gone on to become members of the SBA; and
- those who have never knew Margaret Stevens - but have read her books and followed the course she developed!
|Marion Perkins receiving her award from|
Dr. Stephen Dowbiggin, Principal of Capel Manor College
The President’s Award for work in other media
This is a cash prize for work in media other than watercolour - won this year by Marion Perkins SBA FRSA MIL for her body of work in egg tempera on gesso (Cat. 371-373).
I'm always surprised that more artists don't adopt egg tempera for their botanical artwork given the way it lends itself to precision and detailed work.
MEDIA AWARDSThese are sponsored by companies associated with art materials.
Great Art Award
This year's winner of the Great Art Award - for an outstanding exhibit - is Enzo Forgione SBA for a body of work (5 oil paintings on canvas).
|Winner of the Great Art Prize|
Enzo Forgione with three of his paintings - Orchids in oil on canvas
The Derwent Award is for a body of work in a pencil medium. This year it's been awarded to the Korean artist Eun Young Song whose drawings are all in coloured pencil. The drawing which is most noteworthy is the one which also picked up a commendation for the Joyce Cuming Award and a Certificate of Botanical Merit (below).
The Derwent Award (for work in pencil)
|Winner of Derwent Award|
Helianthocereus macrogonus cv. crista by Eun Young Song
Strathmore Artist Papers Bursary (for composition)
Strathmore Artist Papers are sponsoring an artist bursary this year, which alongside professional marketing support, they will give £400 worth of Strathmore Artist Papers for the winning artist over the course of a year.Strathmore Art News
This is an award by one of the leading makers of fine art paper in the USA - the winner gets £400 of artists papers. The criteria for the new award for the most innovative composition are:
Those artists getting an honourable mention for their composition (which I got last year!) are:
- form within the subject
- the information the artwork provides about the subject; and
- the "feeling" for the subject
The 2016 winner is Flowers of the Summer Moon (watercolour and gouache) by Cheryl Wren (568)
|Winner of Strathmore Artist Papers Bursary|
Flowers of the Summer Moon by Cheryl Wren
(watercolour and gouache)
- Susan Christopher-Coulson VPSBA - ‘Sweetheart’ Cherries & Autumn Blaze 87 & 89
- Yvonne Collard SBA - Spring Arrived All at Once 91
- Rita Featherstone - Helleborus – The Beauty Beneath 160
- Margaret Fitzpatrick SBA - works on vellum: 163 & 163
- Sharon Fox - Dried Pineapple & Young Cardoon 178 &176
- Cheryl Fountain - Chili Fiesta 175
- Gillian French SBA - Heart, Club, Diamond, Spade 186 -189
- Liz Shippam - Grapes ‘Madresfield I & II 447 & 448
- Billy Showell SBA - Seaweed Design: Pieces of dried Ascophyllum 449
- Sue Wickison SBA - Chinese Windmill Palm 548
St Cuthbert's Mill AwardThe award is paper to the value of £100 for an outstanding watercolour painting and this year this award was won by Sarah Wood SBA, Dip SBA for her body of work 546-647.
This is Sarah's blog on which she posts about her works step by step and explains what she is doing. It's worth noting that Sarah also exhibits (and sells) her work with the Royal Instutute of Painters in Watercolour.
|Rhododendron moupinse by Sarah Wood|
Pencil, watercolour and gouache)
Tours and DemonstrationsAll the tours are FREE however Donations to the Society (which is a charity) will be welcomed.
Top Ten Tours of the ExhibitionThe tours are always popular. Here's who's doing tours for the rest of the exhibition.
- Monday 18th April Amber Halsall SBA
- Wednesday, 20th April Sandra Wall Armitage PSBA
- Thursday, 21st April Billy Showell SBA
- Friday, 22nd April Billy Showell SBA
DemonstrationsThese will generally commence at 1.00pm
- Monday, 18th April Amber Halsall SBA Mixed media
- Tuesday, 19th April Dianne Sutherland SBA Graphite
- Wednesday, 20th April Sandra Wall Armitage PSBA Composing with watercolour
- Thursday, 21st April Billy Showell SBA Watercolour
- Friday, 22nd April Billy Showell SBA Watercolour
- Saturday, 23rd April Ann Swan SBA Coloured Pencils
More information about Botanical Art
- Read my NEW compendium website Botanical Art and Artists - for everything Herbals to RHS Botanical Art Shows to Botanical Latin for Artists - which has just celebrated its first birthday. It has had 50,000 visits and well over 80,000 pageviews during its first year on the net and the trend is ever upward!
- Find out more about books about botanical art in
- Regular posts about botanical art now appear frequently on my new blog News about Botanical Art and for Botanical Artists
|My dedicated botanical art blog - you can subscribe via email|
More about the SBA Annual Exhibition
Society of Botanical Art: Exhibitions 2016
- Private View - Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists
- Call for Entries: Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Exhibition 2016
Society of Botanical Art: Exhibitions 2006-2015
- Previous years: Society of Botanical Art Exhibitions