Botanical Art in the 21st Century

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

8 February – 10 August 2014

Contemporary works from the Shirley Sherwood Collection are used to explore changing notions of what botanical art is about.

Many of the artists represented only came to the practice very recently and, by using different media and new techniques, have helped develop it for the 21st century.

Examples on display by Beverly Allen, Sarah Graham and Sue Herbert see botany reproduced in life-size and vastly magnified scale. Meanwhile other works evidence how contemporary approaches to design and composition are revolutionising this historical genre of art.

These are displayed alongside pieces that have made using traditional techniques, such as Rory McEwen's works on vellum and Bryan Poole's copper-plate etchings which he coloured using the a la poupée method, favoured by 18th century botanist, Joseph Pierre Redouté.

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This display is actually a modification of an exhibition mounted last year in the Museo della Grafica and it includes pieces by Italian artists which were painted specially for its Pisa opening.  As such, many have never been exhibited in the UK before.

Venue information

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)