Friday, 9 August 2013

Black and White in Colour

There are two new exhibitions opening at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art this October. One of them is titled 'Botanicals – Environmental Expressions in Art' which will feature paintings from the Ailsa & Isaac Sutton Collection. The other is called 'Black and White in Colour' and this will show paintings by Sue Wickison and Sue J Williams

Kew Hellebore by Sue J Williams
Kew Hellebore by Sue J Williams

Black and White in Colour is inspired by a quotation from the 1821 poem 'New Morality' by George Canning:

"... sees, with keen discriminating sight,
Black’s not so black; nor white so very white.”

The paintings by Sue Wickison and Sue J Williams will give those of us with a sharp botanical eye the opportunity to explore the subtleties of black and white in the plant world.

The theme is obviously one of opposites and contrasts with the overall aim of showing the immense variation in colour that occurs within an apparently restricted palette. The contrasts in the show will include the changing scale of their paintings and the variety of their subject matter – with plants from the northern and southern hemispheres, exotic and familiar, critically endangered to popular and wide-spread species.

You can find out more about the exhibition here. 

Opens Saturday 12th October 2013

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