Featuring Jason Benjamin, McLean Edwards, Yanni Floros, Todd Hunter, Ellie Kammer, Lily Mae Martin, Matt R Martin, John Pastoriza-Piñol, Luke Sciberras and Paul White amongst others.
Join us for drinks and viewing on Saturday 17th February between 1-3pm.
Scott Livesey Galleries
909a High St
Armadale VIC 3143
Tel: + 61 3 9824 7770
Fax: + 61 3 9824 7771
For millennia the beauty, wonder and uses of plants and flowers have been subjects of fascination for artists. The earliest surviving botanical illustration dates back to the year 512 and formed part of a pharmacopoeia of herbs and medicines. In China, brush paintings of old trees, bamboo and rocks by scholar-artists evolved into an independent genre during the Tang dynasty (618-906). By the 1600s many European artists were producing still life paintings of combinations of flowers and fruit, and the creation of flower studies for pure visual pleasure became widespread during the tulip mania of the mid-1600s.
The Botany of Desire exhibition takes its inspiration from a book of the same name published in the early twenty first century which explores the reciprocal relationship between people and plants. It highlights the human desire that connects us to plants and the ways in which plants have shaped our behaviour to their own ends. The exhibition presents work by a wide range of artists from the late 19th century through to the present day, and includes John’s painting.
Benalla Art Gallery
Bridge Street, Benalla VIC 3672
Telephone: 03 5760 2619
Open 10 – 5pm Closed Tuesdays more info
This exhibition will bring together artists and the public to highlight the role contemporary botanical artists play in calling attention to the need to preserve our botanical diversity with artworks themed on the native plants of each participating country. Countries participating include Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
Each county will schedule an opening event on 18th May 2018. This 24 hour around the world, following the sun event, will maximise focus on the message “linking people with plants through contemporary botanical art.” Participating countries will provide digital slide shows of up to 40 works, to be compiled with all of the other countries images and shown at each venue during the run of the exhibition. Johns artwork, Banksia prionotes has been selected by the judges for inclusion in the Worldwide Slideshow.