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Society of Botanical Artists Awards
Society of Botanical Artists Annual Open Exhibition April 2015
Westminster Central Hall, London 27 -26 April 2015. “Celebrating 30 years – In Pursuit of Plants”
Rob and Jane Ireland of Strathmore Artists Papers and Creativity International were judges at the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition in April 2015. The exhibition was held at the Methodist Central Hall opposite The Houses of Parliament [photos by Rob Ireland].
“The venue was marvelous, the organisation of the show was excellent and the exhibition was superb. Jane and I had a great time looking at all of the fine drawings, sketches, paintings of botanical art.” Rob continued: “The judging was most enjoyable but the sheer number of quality entries made this a challenging task. We judged each piece using the following benchmarks: Form (composition, layout etc); Subject (how the subject complimented the whole picture); Imparted Information; Feeling / Emotion; and finally How much we liked the picture.”
Based on these criteria, the judges narrowed their selection down, and then tallied the resultant numbers which gave the winning pictures, which were :
003 Still Life with Figs (oil on linen) by Linda Alexander ['Still Life with Jug and Figs', by Linda Alexander; Oil painting on linen. 25x25cm. Winner of the Royal Society of Botanical Artists exhibition www.LindaAlexander.co.uk .
Linda is a London based artist who specialises in large oil painting s of floers. Sunlight and nature inspire her art. She enhances the transparency of petals, the delicate qualities of reflected light and the incredibly subtle variations of colour. As well as being a Full Member of The Society of Botanical Artists, she is also Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. A winner of many prizes, Linda is a well-deserved recipient of the award.
408 Clematis Vitalba - Clematis vitalba, Old Man's Beard, by Sally Pond, an artist of 30 years, is widely exhibited and runs workshops in all aspects of Botanical Painting. www.sallypond.co.uk She was awarded an Honourable mention.
545 Echeveria Laui (Coloured Pencil) by Katherine Tyrrell www.makingamark.co.uk
499 Pinus Wallichiana (Graphite) Eiko T Takano
492 Fritillaria meleagris (Watercolour on Vellum) by Diane Sutherland
504 The Rainbow Tree (Prunus Serrula - Tibetan Cherry) by Doreen Taylor
Also on the shortlist were:
84 Beancounting in Pursuit of Diversity (Coloured Pencil) by Susan Christopher-Coulson www.floraleyes.co.uk Susan’s work is in the collections of RHS Lindley Library, Florilegium archive and many others in the UK and abroad. She is also an award-winning artist, including two Royal Horticultural Society gold medals and several awards from the Society of Floral Painters and the Society of Botanical Artists.
016 Pelargonium (watercolour) by Sandra Wall Armitage, a highly experienced Botanical Artist and Surface Pattern Designer. Her designs have been produced international on a wide range of products and her vibrant paintings are held in collections all over the world. www.watercolourflowers.co.uk
A fabulous collection of work and a difficult decision was left to the judges. Well done to everyone to submitted work and warm congratulations to all the winners. For more information on the Society of Botanical Artists.
See you next year. if you are interested in joining the society, please contact them direct. They publish books and run courses as well.