Thursday, October 13, 2016

Top botanical artists by country

Yesterday I published a NEW website page on Botanical Art and Artists.

Plus I rejigged the Botanical Art Exhibitions Page so that the links to
are BOTH now at the top of the Exhibitions page.

After all, these are two major international exhibitions that most botanical artists hope to get selected for and do well in.

The new page lists:
  • all the Hunt International Exhibitions of Botanical Art and Illustration to date (1964-2016) - with the dates, number of artworks, number of participating artists and how many countries were represented
  • lists all the artists by COUNTRY who have participated in the Hunt International Exhibitions of Botanical Art and Illustration in the last 15 years (2001-2016). 

Hunt International Exhibitors by Country: Completing the Listing

I'll be completing the list of the artists by country to include all those who exhibited between 1964 and 1998 when I've received the country data from the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation. I should have it complete by the end of this year.

In the meantime if anybody wants to have their name added in please tell me your name and country and which year you exhibited and I'll check you were an exhibitor with the Cumulative Index and then include your name on the list.

I've already added one artist to the list since it was published!

To get your name added just leave a comment on this blog post OR email me (see the side column for details of how) OR complete the form on this page).

Comments on the exhibition metrics.

Having reviewed the metrics for all the exhibitions to date, it struck me that there have been three distinct phases to these triennial exhibitions over the years in terms of how many artworks and artists are on display and how many countries had artists representing them.
  • 1964 -197: BIG - lots of artists from 20+ countries participated in the early exhibitions which typically included 300+ artworks
  • 1988 - 2010: LARGE - Between 60 and 90 artists participated in each exhibition. Typically there were always more artworks than artist (between 90 and 100 artworks on display) meaning that some artists had more than one artwork on display. Artists represented between 11 and 18 countries
  • 2013-2016: SELECT - the exhibitions are now much smaller (c. 40+ artworks by c.40+ artists) with each artist having just one artwork on display. Consequently the number of countries represented each year is also smaller.

Top Countries for Botanical Art

I totalled the number of artists for the top five countries. In the period 2010-2016, the five countries with the most artists exhibiting at the last six of the Hunt International Exhibitions of Botanical Art and Illustration are:
  1. USA - 100 artists
  2. UK (England) - 85 artists (Scotland and Wales are counted separately)
  3. Japan - 57 artists
  4. Australia - 36 artists
  5. Italy - 14 artists

This is by way of a challenge to all those countries and national botanical art societies which are developing their body of botanical artists! To get exhibited at the top shows you first have to develop the interest, knowledge, competence and skills - and then you have to apply! :)

The 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration

The 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration is being held in 2016 - and I was supposed to be visiting right up until the point when I tore the meniscus in my knee!

I should be there right now with those attending the ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh.

The exhibition includes 43 artworks by 43 artists who are citizens of 15 countries - listed below. (I've included photos of those artists I've photographed winning Gold Medal at the RHS Botanical Art Shows)


  • Laurie Andrews 
  • Helen Burrows 
  • Jean Dennis 
  • Pauline Dewar
  • Anne Hayes 
  • Angela Lober
  • Lauren Sahu-Khan 
  • Sandra Sanger 
Sandra Sanger - pictures with her 2016 RHS gold-medal winning display of
Orchids: Paphiopedilum & Australian Natives


  • Rogério Lupo


  • Zeng Xiaolian 


  • Brigitte Daniel 
  • Maggy Fitzpatrick 
  • Denise Heywood
  • Laura Silburn 
Laura Silburn GM with her Gold Medal Winning and Best in Show Exhibit for
Aristolochia species from botanic gardens in England

at RHS London Botanical Art Show October 2014.


  • Érik Desmazières


  • Eunike Nugroho 


  • Siobhan Larkin


  • Silvana Volpato


Hideo Horikoshi with two of his RHS Gold Medal winning paintings
in his exhibit of 'Traditional Root and Tuber Crops in Japan'.
He also won the Best Botanical Painting for "Apiaceae Daucus carota ‘Kintokininjin’ "
  • Kaho Emura
  • Hideo Horikoshi 
  • Mariko Ikeda 
  • Keiko Kobayashi 
  • Suguri Makino
  • Atsuko Nishiyama
  • Hiromi Torii  
  • Yuko Yano 

New Zealand

Denise Ramsay GM DipSBA(Dist.) with the first three of her portfolio of
six paintings of 'A Brilliant Life (Papaver orientale - Brilliant)'
which won her an RHS Gold Medal in London in October 2014

and were all purchased by Dr Shirley Sherwood
  • Denise Ramsay (you can see my video of my interview with Denise - talking about how she approaches her paintings - on my Tips and Techniques page)
  • Terrie Reddish 


  • Robert McNeill

South Africa

  • Jenny Hyde-Johnson

South Korea

  • Insil Choi 
  • Hye Woo Shin 
  • Seung-Hyun Yi 
Hye Woo Shin with her Best Exhibit Award and
RHS Gold Medal for Heterotrophic Plants of Korea (Parasitic Plants)

at the RHS Lindley Hall in 2014


  • Maria Luisa Palanca 

United States 

  • Carrie Di Costanzo
  • Dolores Diaz
  • Rose Marie James 
  • Stephanie Law 
  • David Morrison
  • Carol Saunders 
  • Constance Scanlon 
  • Heidi Snyder 
  • Nan Wiggins 

Exhibition details

  • Venue: Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation - Gallery on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • ​Dates: 15 September and 15 December 2016.
  • Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (except 20 November and 24–27 November). ​Please call or email before your visit to confirm as hours sometimes change. For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434.
  • Admission: Free of charge to the public.


  1. And there are no botanical artists from Canada? Nice to be totally overlooked. Maybe another reason to stop following this blog. This hurts.

  2. I'm sorry you feel the need to express yourself in this way

    Especially as I can only assume you did not read the blog post properly.

    Please refer again to my new website page - which the post is primarily about - which lists five artists from Canada who have exhibited at the Hunt in the last fifteen years.

    You might like to also note that the exhibition only occurs every three years....

    The exhibition is open to all botanical fine artists and illustrators working in any medium on paper or vellum (except photography) whose work has achieved a standard of excellence and who have not yet been represented in the International series.

    However - and this is the really important bit which is a precondition to selection - artists cannot be selected unless they have first submitted excellent work to the exhibition!


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