Exhibition 'Black and White In Colour' at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, UK, explores the subtleties of the great range of “black” and “white” in the plant world.
This exhibition is inspired by a quotation from the 1821 poem 'New Morality' by George Canning:
"... and finds, with keen discriminating sight,
The theme is one of opposites and contrasts, the aim to show the variations in colour within an apparently restricted palette.
The contrasts include the 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 widespread species.
Both artists have also sought advice on suitable subject matter from scientists at Kew’s Herbarium and the Millennium Seed Bank with the aim of highlighting the valuable work carried out in these areas.