Friday, 11 September 2015

Nature's Bounty: paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection | Kew

'Edible pomegranate' by Coral Guest
29 August 2015 to 31 January 2016, 10am to 5.30pm at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London.

This exhibition will feature paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection of fruit and plants which originate from across the world. Works on display by artists such as Susannah Blaxill, Brigid Edwards, Coral Guest, Kate Nessler and Rosie Sanders will showcase the diversity and breadth of the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

The development of fruit is shown in many of these paintings and some paintings on show are the culmination of months of observation, waiting for a pear or apple to ripen so that every stage can be shown.

These works will be on display together with a selection of plates of fruit from the 1863 first edition of Berthe Hoola van Nooten’s Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Chosis de la flore et de la pomone de l’Ile de Java. Berthe Hoola Van Nooten was a Dutch botanical artist, born in 1817, working in Java and Southeast Asia as a plant collector and artist.

The exhibition will also include items illustrating fruit, from Kew’s Library, Art and Archives collections. Early volumes from the library collection dating from the 18th and 19th centuries will be on display, such as Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs and Maria Sibylla Merian‘s Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. Paintings exhibited will include works by Georg Dionysius Ehret and by Indian artists from the Company School. There will also be a small display of fruit models from Kew’s Economic Botany Collection.

Full list of artists:

Beverley Allen
Australia
Susannah Blaxill
Australia
Jenny Brasier
UK
Phansakdi Chakkaphak
Thailand
Brigitte EM Daniel
UK
Angeline de Meester
UK
Monika de Vries Gohike
USA (Germany)
Anne Ophelia Dowden
USA
Elisabeth Dowle
UK
Margaret Ann Eden
UK
Brigid Edwards
UK
Annie Farrer
UK (Australia)
Daphne Gradidge
UK
Noel Grunwaldt
USA
Coral Guest
UK
Regine Hagedorn
Germany
Gertrude Hamilton
USA (Belgium)
Mieko Ishikawa
Japan
Paul Jones
Australia
Marika Kojima
China
Flappy Lane Fox
UK
Joanna Langhorne
UK
Diana Lawnniczak
Switzerland (Poland)
Petr Liska
Czech Republic
David Mackay
Australia
Katherine Manisco
UK
Anna Mason
UK
Kate Nessler
USA
Alvaro Nunes
Brazil
Susan Ogilvy
UK
Barbara Oozeerally
UK (Poland)
Jenny Phillips
Australia
Barbara Pike
South Africa
Bryan Poole
UK (New Zealand)
Jaggu Prasad
India
Denise Ramsay
New Zealand
Dick Rauh
USA
Terrie Reddish
New Zealand
Rosie Sanders
UK
Margaret Saul
Australia
Ann Schweizer
South Africa
Pandora Sellars
UK
Pamela Stagg
Canada (UK)
Peta Stockton
UK (South Africa)
Ann Swann
UK
Aurora Tazza
Italy
Emma Tennant
UK
Vicki Thomas
South Africa
Marina Virdis
Italy
Sue Wickison
New Zealand
Hedvig Ostern Wright
Norway
Fatima Zagonel
Brazil
Tai-li Zhang
China

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