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20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: A Palette of Flowers

Categories: Exhibits

February 23 – May 20, 2018

Filoli’s 20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition celebrates the abundance of spring flowers in the Estate’s magnificent historic Garden. The beautiful and extraordinarily accurate flower portraits are painted by international and local artists, some of them graduates of Filoli’s Botanical Art Certificate Program. Media used to create botanical paintings include watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, oil, and graphite.

Botanical art is a centuries old art form that has a long and colorful history dating back to the 1400s BCE. With the advent of photography, botanical art was dormant for nearly a century but saw a rebirth in the latter part of the 1900s.

A marriage of art and science, botanical art immortalizes the plant world. After closely observing a plant, the artist discovers amazing details. The subject is carefully measured, drawn, and painted to capture its graceful movement and intriguing personality. The most skilled botanical artists are those who understand plants scientifically, but also see and describe their subject with the eye and hand of an artist.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards:
Bourn Award for distinction with an emphasis on horticulture | Sunflower Awakening by Jeannetta vanRaalte
Roth Award for distinction with an emphasis on traditional botanical art presentation | Paeonia lactiflora, Pink Peony by Miksuko Schultz
Jurors Award for distinction with an emphasis on botanical art presentation | Papaver somniferum, Poppy by Jean Emmons
Jurors Award Honorable Mention | Tacca chantrieri, Cat’s Whiskers by Stephanie Law

Image: Parrot Tulip, Open View, by Ingrid Finnan