Thursday, 11 April 2013

Laying out Rory McEwen's Legacy

Agapanthus by Susannah Blaxhill
 Agapanthus by Susannah Blaxhill - My favourite painting of the show.
Stunning technique and gorgeous colours.

So we have started laying out the next exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew. This exhibition is Dr. Sherwood's and will open this Saturday. So if any of you are in London for the RHS and SBA botanical art shows this weekend and feel that you'd like to see a bit more art, then I recommend coming to the gallery (especially as the weather looks rather good for Sunday).

From Monday 15th we will start to dismantle David Nash - A Natural Gallery to make way for Rory McEwen The Colours of Reality which opens on 11th May. I will blog updates on this as they happen... I am very excited this show (can you tell?!).


Laying out the linking gallery for Dr. Sherwood's latest exhibition 
'Rory McEwen's Legacy' which opens on Saturday.

At the top of this post is a photograph of my favourite painting in Dr Sherwood's show. It's by Blaxhill and is absolutely stunning. The photograph doesn't give it justice - you have to see this gem in the flesh to fully appreciate the skill required to execute this Agapanthus in the way Susannah has. You cannot see a single brush stroke - it's incredible. She has used such delicious blues too and for me this picture really represents 'hope' and the 'budding' of ideas. It's unusual to see this species drawn in the way Susannah has and it is very different to  most traditional pictures, which might be why I like it. Pandora Sellers' Agapanthus, for example, is very different and captures the arching leaves and the 'floppy' the essence of the species incredibly well. We have a few pieces of Pandora's work on show in this exhibition also, but not Pandora's painting of an Agapanthus, which was on show in 2010 in Bulbmania.


Agapanthus sp. by Pandora Sellars

Agapanthus sp. by Pandora Sellars




Laying out the linking gallery for Dr. Sherwood's latest exhibition 
'Rory McEwen's Legacy' which opens on Saturday.

3 comments:

  1. Looks like a stunning exhibition Jess.
    Susannah is certainly one of a kind and any opportunity to see her work in the flesh is not to be missed.
    Thanks for keeping us up to date with all the happenings at Kew .. hope to see you again soon xxx

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  2. Ooo yes and it's just the start - one room of 6 :D Yeah, Susannah is amazing - I just don't know how she does it! Great seeing you - I hope it goes well tonight for your graduation.

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  3. c'est très très bon! vous allez car c'est incroyable!

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