ASBA – 23rd Annual International

ASBA’s 23rd Annual International is now open; Saturday, September 5th 2020. This year ASBA’s exhibition returns to Wave Hill which is a public garden & cultural center overlooking the Hudson River & Palisades. The 46 artworks exhibited were selected from a field of 178 entries. It’s wonderful to see some SBA Fellows included in the exhibition, and they are Gaye Grossman, Liz Shippam and Tammy McEntee. Congratulations to all exhibitors. Visit this link to find out more: http://asba-art.org/exhibitions/23rd-annual-international

New Book – The Whole Story

A new book by Christina Hart-Davies SBA Fellow, will be published in September. ‘THE WHOLE STORY – painting more than just the flowers‘ is the second in the Botanical Portfolios series from Two Rivers Press, following Julia Trickey’s Botanical Artistry. It showcases work from Christina’s long and parallel careers in botanical art and botanical illustration. She explains why she is passionate about particular subjects, and shares some of her working practices. While illustration work often requires plants to be shown in perfect detail and in isolation, in her exhibition work Christina loves to show the plant growing, or with its associated wildlife, or at different stages in its life, or even to hint at the folklore it has attracted. She looks at plants from the scientific, aesthetic and cultural angles –… Read more

Jonathan Cooper Gallery

We are really excited to see that SBA Fellow Fiona Strickland’s fabulous exhibition at the Jonathan Cooper Gallery is also online! What a visual treat!Fiona says “I am often asked how long it takes to complete a painting. To create the quality and sought-after jewel like finish in these works; the answer is, ‘a long time’. Hours, days, weeks and months; sometimes just for one painting. Setting the pace is all important; it has to be steady and consistent, and progress is always slow. It may take several hours or days to realise just a few centimetres and it can’t be rushed; each minute stroke has to be applied with extreme accuracy and is especially difficult with intricate linear patterns. I apply the paint with… Read more

Our new patron

We are thrilled to welcome our new patron, Monty Don!One of our aims as a society is to bring botanical art to a wider audience of garden and plant lovers, and we look forward to working under his patronage. He says- I have always loved the lapidary quality of botanical art. The precision and total commitment to accuracy and faithfulness to life creates works that transcend illustration – even though faithful illustration is the starting point for every single botanical drawing and painting. Without artists and draughtsmen and women meticulously recording plants with extraordinary skill, science would have been inadequately recorded. The resulting hundreds of thousands of works remain definitive and, despite photography and all the burgeoning technology available to us, often remain the best… Read more

Jonathan Cooper

In September 2020 leading botanical artist Fiona Strickland SBA Fellow will be holding her second solo show with Jonathan Cooper, Chelsea. The exhibition (which will feature 18 paintings and will be Fiona’s first since 2016) is dedicated to the vibrant and fragile beauty of the tulip, portrayed in the challenging medium of watercolour on vellum. Read this excellent press release here. It’s sure to be an amazing show, so one for the diary. Visit www.jonathancooper.co.uk