Thursday, 29 August 2013

Kirstenbosch Botanical Art Biennale 2013 Opens

30 August 2013 - 9:00am - 15 September 2013 - 6:00pm

Entrance charge: Free entry
How to book: Booking not necessary
Event venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre

Kirstenbosch's prestigious Botanical Art Biennale is one of the high points of this Centenary year. This exhibition showcases top South African botanical artists as well as artists from different parts of the globe.

This year’s Biennale focuses on medicinal and traditional use plants of southern Africa. The symbiotic relationship between the plant and animal kingdoms and the plethora of uses of plants, highlight the vigilance required if the sustainability and long-term harvesting potential of these limited resources is to be ensured.

From fine monochrome pencil drawings to delicate watercolour, the media used by the artists range from copper etchings and scraperboard through to pastel, pen and ink.  Whatever the medium used, the ability of the artist to bring these plants to life in their truest form is remarkable.

International artists Kath Baker and Leigh-Ann Gale (UK), Suzana Souza (Brazil) and Suellen Perold (USA) add interest to the line up of exhibitors. Well known South African artists such as Eric Judd, Solly Gutman, Carol Reddick and Gillian Condy are joined by first time exhibitor Ann Kerr, while visitors will delight in the fine renditions from Jenny Hyde- Johnson, Jeanette Loedolff, Wilna Eloff and Lisa Strachen.

An additional highlight is the work of Cape based Margaret de Villiers, who recently won a gold medal and best on show at the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art show in London.

A buyers preview will be held on Thursday 29 August at 09h30.

To view the Exhibition Catalogue, see the two attachments below :
Kirstenbosch Biennale 2013 Catalogue - (Part 1)
Kirstenbosch Biennale 2013 Catalogue (Part 2)

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