Saturday, 26 May 2018

Botanitcal Art Worldwide Exhibition - Review


This article by Graham Wood can be found on the 'Wanted' online magazine

THE NEW CONTEMPORARY POWER OF TRADITIONAL FLOWER ILLUSTRATIONS

'BOTANICAL ART WORLDWIDE', AN EXHIBITION AT THE EVERARD READ GALLERY, HAMMERS HOME THE POPULARITY AND VITALITY OF THIS SIMULTANEOUSLY NEW AND TRADITIONAL GENRE

Words: Graham Wood
24 May 2018
Adenium boehmianum, Bushamans Poison by Gillian Condy
The opening of Botanical Art Worldwide at the Everard Read Gallery on May 17 must be one of the most packed-to-the-rafters I can remember going to. By all accounts, there has been a steady flow of people through the gallery since that night.
The exhibition’s popularity took me by surprise but maybe it shouldn’t have. There is something undeniably zeitgeisty about botanical art. It represents a crossover between art and science, which has been a prominent theme in recent contemporary art (probably in a way that is much more authentic and historically rooted than quite a few of the more recent, trendy attempts to do so). It also straddles the overlap between art and craft – because what we call botanical art now, was for a long time considered simply botanical illustration, a skill purely in the service of scientific study...

Friday, 25 May 2018

Art Students Visit the Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition

The exhibition has an important educational aspect


Art students from St Mary’s Waverley in Johannesburg

Students from St. Stithians on a guided walk
 

Students studying Sibonelo Chiliza’s graphite drawing of the Scadoxus puniceus


Art students studying the fine detail of the works


View photos of more activities:
Walkabout with Vicki Thomas - Walkabout with Elsa Pooley - Art demos 1 - Art demos 2

Botanical Art Worldwide Day: art demos - afternoon


Pearl de Chalain also teaches colour pencil techniques in Johannesburg

Ann Harris runs a botanical art school in Johannesburg so is happy demonstrating 

Karyn Wiggill, one of our younger artists, a skilled graphite artist and miniaturist


View photos from the morning demos

View the first walkabout with Vicki Thomas

View the second walkabout with Elsa Pooley




Botanical Art Worldwide Day - second walkabout

The second walkabout led by Elsa Pooley for Botanical Art Worldwide Day last Friday


Elsa captivating her audience

Elsa speaking with Gail de Smidt

Jenny Hyde-Johnson speaks to the audience

Moving through the gallery - there's still plenty more to see!

View photos from the first walkabout with Vicki Thomas


View the morning art demos

View the afternoon art demos

Botanical Art Worldwide Day: art demos - morning


Sandie Burrows working on one of her Drift Seed drawings. Sandie works in colour pencil

Janet Snyman demonstrating her beautiful watercolour skills

Johannesburg artist Julie AhFa also working in watercolour


Young Zimbabwean artist Liberty Shuro drew a lot attention with his graphite work