|Black and White in Colour|
Paintings by Sue Wickison
The exhibition opened last month and continues until Sunday 5 January 2014 - so plenty of time to see it and maybe to buy a gift for Christmas!
Below you can see more images of the artists and their work.
|Sue Wickison with some of her work|
I love the fact she's painting a lot of plants I don't see regularly - and they've often got a distinct sculptural feel to them. They're certainly very striking - and I love her large format paintings which are very impressive.
|Sue J Williams with her work "Black and White in Spring"|
Sue Williams tends to focus more on plants and flowers which typically tend to be somewhat smaller than those painted by the other Sue. Her smaller paintings are however no less distinguished.
|Part of the display of Sue J Williams' artwork|
I love the fact both artists have set up a display case with samples of how their work normally progresses from first sketch, through colour mixing and towards a frame and an exhibition.
|Examples of studies and colour mixing samples by Sue Wickison|
The theme is one of opposites and contrasts, the aim to show the variations in colour within an apparently restricted palette. The contrasts include the scale of their paintings and the variety of their subject matter – with plants from the northern and southern hemispheres, exotic and familiar, critically endangered to popular and wide-spread species. Many of the paintings on display are also for sale.
|The Two Sues - Sue Wickison (left) and Sue J Williams (right)|
- this one Black and White, in Colour
- the exhibition in the main gallery Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art (of which more tomorrow)
- and Rory McEwen's Legacy - Artists influenced by him in the Shirley Sherwood Collection which I highlighted earlier in the year.
If you want to keep track of exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery I suggest you bookmark this link http://www.kew.org/collections/art-images/shirley-sherwood-gallery/index.htm
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art opened at Kew Gardens in April 2008 and is the only continuously open gallery in the world dedicated solely to botanical art. It holds regular exhibitions throughout the year featuring historical and contemporary botanical illustrations.