Review by Elaine Allison
For a second year running the Royal Horticultural Society have partnered with the Saatchi Gallery in London to present the 2022 exhibition of the best in botanical art and garden photography by global artists.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the largest horticultural Society in England and has, since its' inception in 1804, employed botanical artists whose task is to create accurate images for recording the structure of plant material. The recent partnership with the Saatchi Gallery (first established in 1985), brings together the areas of contemporary art and botanical imagery. This prestigious partnership recognises the resurgence in popularity of botanical art over the last 30 years and exhibits in the same galleries as contemporary artists like Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.
Having previously visited and exhibited at the RHS Botanical Art Show in the RHS Lindley Halls the feel of this exhibition space is completely different. Great space, high ceilings and beautifully uniform white light gives the gallery an elegance and calm which contrast totally with the noise and bustle of the previous RHS exhibition halls. Lost are the meetings with artists and the different stands but in their place is a beautifully presented, contemporary exhibition of botanical art which I feel gives the works a certain kudos which was perhaps lacking in the old space. The exhibition is also open for three weeks rather than three days giving more people the opportunity to see it.
Charlotte Brooks* and her team have created a professional and elegant exhibition where the artworks invite immediate attention and the surroundings offer no distraction.
Of the 23 botanical artists that had made it through the rigorous selection process 6 are members of ABA and all were awarded a prestigious RHS medal. Having exhibited in 2019 I know how much work, research and time it takes to produce each image and it was a privilege for me to be able to view this without crowds at the press release. This post will unashamedly focus on celebrating the achievements of our six ABA artists.
Jackie Isard SBA Fellow CBM- Wet Meadow Wildflowers - their pollinators and as food plants -Watercolour
Jackie Lives and works in Bristol.
These beautiful executed and delicate series of six pieces of work document the wildflowers which are found in our wetland meadows. With so much of this habitat having been lost over the past 50 years it is vital that we document their richness and the interdependence of species within the habitat. A fabulous achievement and a well deserved medal.
Pamela Taylor PhD- Trees Form and Structure - Pen and Ink.
Lives and works in Buckinghamshire UK
SILVER - GILT medal