Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Kew's Heritage Trees by Masumi Yamanaka

A new exhibition has opened at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens and, as if often the case, it is well worth a visit. The show is open until August 9th 2015, so you have a bit of time to see it. I myself will be trying to time my visit with the crocus bloom. Anyway, this eagerly anticipated exhibition (I have been watching Masumi for months building up this fantastic collection of work - it's taken her an age) consists of a stunning display of 40 paintings all painted by Masumi of Kew's Heritage Trees. In each heavily detailed piece, visitors will get to marvel at her incredible brush work as she demonstrates the inspiring beauty hidden in Kew's rare and iconic champion trees.

The great news is that to accompany the exhibition, Kew has published a book called 'Treasured Trees', which has been written jointly by Masumi Yamanaka, Christina Harrison and Martyn Rix. Beautifully reproducing all of Masumi’s unique paintings from the exhibition, this book is well worth a look.  
Alongisde Masumi Yamanaka's part of the show, the gallery will also be showcasing two other exhibitions - The Joy of Spring, which displays paintings of spring flowers and Flowering Bulbs and Tubers, which features a series of beautiful works by a selection of artists from the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.

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