Artists in the gallery

Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden

Visit Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden on the first and third Sunday of the month and talk with an artist from The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Inc as they demonstrate the steady hand required to produce the detailed botanical illustrations.

BEVERLY ALLEN

7 August & 18 September

Beverly Allen was born in Sydney and previously worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She has a BA (Fine Arts) from Sydney University. Beverly has exhibited annually at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney’s Botanica exhibition since 1999 and internationally including in New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Pisa and London.

Her paintings are held in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the Shirley Sherwood Collection, The Highgrove Florilegium, the Transylvania Florilegium, the RHS Lindley Library, the collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Alisa and Isaac M Sutton Collection.

Beverly was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2007 RHS London Botanical Art Show, the Gold Medal for Botanical Art from the New York Botanical Garden in 2011 and their Silver Medal in 2014. She has taught masterclasses at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney since 2004 where she co-founded and is president of the Florilegium Society. 

Botanical watercolour illustration of Dichorisandra thyrsiflora (Blue ginger) created by Beverly Allen, 2008
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora (Blue ginger) by Beverly Allen, 2008. © The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

 

TANYA HOOLIHAN

21 August

Tanya Hoolihan was born in western NSW and is now living in Jilliby on the NSW Central Coast. She completed a degree in Natural History Illustration at Newcastle University with Honours, and is currently undertaking a Research Higher Degree and lecturing at the same university in Botanical Illustration.

She has exhibited at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney’s Botanica exhibition since 2010 and the Botanical Art Society of Australia annual exhibition since 2007. She has participated in several regional exhibitions in the Hunter area and has been a sentimental favourite at the BASA exhibitions, winning the People’s Choice Award in 2008, 2009 and 2014.

Her work is found in several private collections as well as in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Collection, Newcastle University.

Botanical illustration of Dracaena draco by Tanya Hoolihan.
Dracaena draco (Dragon's blood tree) by Tanya Hoolihan, 2015 © The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

 

ANGELA LOBER

4 September

Angela Lober was born in Sydney and started her career as a landscape architect after graduating from University of NSW in 1990. Her interest in fine art and botany led her to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art (Plant and Wildlife Illustration) at Newcastle University in 1995. Angela has been painting and exhibiting since 2002, and her work is found in international collections including the Alisa and Isaac M Sutton Collection in New York and the Shirley Sherwood Collection, as well as in the State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Her work has also been selected for the Hunt Institute’s 15th International Exhibition for 2016.

In 2012 she was awarded a Silver-gilt Medal at the RHS London Botanical Art Show, and in 2014 she won the Celia Rosser Medal for Excellence in Botanic Art in Melbourne. She now paints full time and teaches at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney as well as serving on the committee of the Florilegium Society. 

Botanical watercolour illustration of Stenocarpus sinuatus (Firewheel tree) created by Angela Lober, 2008
Stenocarpus sinuatus (Firewheel tree) by Angela Lober, 2008. © The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

 

LESLEY ELKAN

2 October

Lesley Elkan was born in Sydney and has a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Technology Sydney and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art (Plant and Wildlife Illustration) from the University of Newcastle.

Lesley became a botanical illustrator for the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney in 1995. She produces scientific illustrations of new species that are published in Telopea, Flora of NSW, Flora of Australia and taxonomic journals worldwide. Since 2000, she has taught and lectured in scientific and botanical illustration.

She also paints detailed watercolour botanical studies for exhibition. Her work is held in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Illustration Archive, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Library and international private collections. Lesley has won several awards for scientific illustration including The Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London in 2005, and First and Second Prize in The Margaret Flockton Award in 2008 and 2004, respectively. She now co-curates this award and is a founding committee member of the Florilegium Society.

Botanical painting of Eucalyptus copulans by Lesley Elkan.
Eucalyptus copulans by Lesley Elkan, 2015 © The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

 

ANNIE HUGHES

16 October

Annie Hughes was born in Santiago, Chile. She qualified with a Bachelor of Design (First Class Honours) at University of Technology Sydney in 1990, after gaining a Diploma in Art and Design in the UK and moving to Australia permanently. She worked as a textile designer for 15 years before turning to botanic art.

Her accomplishments in botanic art include Gold Medals at the RHS London Botanical Art Shows in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and she was also awarded Best Painting in Show in 2012. She won a Gold Medal at the Botanical Images exhibition in Scotia, Edinburgh, in 2014. Her work is found in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation as well as the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the RHS Lindley Library. She regularly contributes to the Botanica exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

Botanic illustration of Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea (Chilean bellflower or copihue) by Annie Hughes, 2008. © The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

 

An extract from The Art of Botanical Illustration; A Norfolk Island pine by Angela Lober. Produced for Florilegium: Sydney's painted garden at the Museum of Sydney (30 July-30 October). 

FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

When & Where

Sunday 7 August 2016 10.30AM–2.30PM
Sunday 21 August 2016 10.30AM–2.30PM
Sunday 4 September 2016 10.30AM–2.30PM
Sunday 18 September 2016 10.30AM–2.30PM
Sunday 2 October 2016 10.30AM–2.30PM
Sunday 16 October 2016 10.30AM–2.30PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
10AM-5PM
Museum: 02 9251 5988

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