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Shape Pattern Structure - SBA exhibition LONDON

A Passion for Peonies Billy Showell SBA


Shape Pattern Structure

The Society of Botanical Artists is now in its 31st year and with interest in botanical art continuing to grow, the Society attracts new talent to exhibit alongside its dedicated and talented Members at the Annual Open Exhibition held in the recently refurbished gallery space at Westminster Central Hall, London from 15th to 23rd April 2016.

The title for this year’s exhibition: Shape Pattern Structure is a departure from the usual and has inspired some really exciting, fresh work that we hope will delight our visitors. The theme encapsulates some of the most interesting features that plants display and that also stimulate the botanical artist to focus on the details and rhythms of plant life as well as the elements of design and composition inherent in the subject.

Although the traditional medium for botanical art - watercolour - still predominates, there are artists using all types of media including graphite, coloured pencil, pastel, oils, acrylics, gouache, pen and ink as well as collage and screen prints and this all adds to the variety and excitement of this big exhibition with just over 570 hung works along with a number of miniatures and 3D works. There will also be a section featuring the work of students undertaking the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course as well as a pop up shop with cards, books and prints by Members of the Society, products featuring this year’s exhibition image and various art related products.

If Shape Pattern Structure has made you curious, don’t forget another important ingredient – the colour of course – so please come and see what this year’s exhibition is all about! There will also be a pop-up shop at the exhibition.

Strathmore Artist Papers are sponsoring an artist bursary this year, which alongside professional marketing support, they will give £400 worth of Strathmore Artist Papers for the winning artist over the course of a year. Simon Williams, course tutor for the Society loves the Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Boards. His work is also being featured, come and see the results and winning piece.

Place: Westminster Central Hall, Story’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH

Dates: 15th – 23rd April 2016

Times: Daily 11am - 5pm

Painting featured "A Passion for Peonies" by Billy Showell, SBA


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