Native Plants of Southern Africa
About this Exhibition
Project activities are well under way, with Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA) calling for entries from artists living in any southern African nation. The exhibition will open May 17, 2018 and hang in the Everard Read Gallery through June 9, 2018, the longest running commercial gallery in Africa. Details may be found here: http://botanicalartistsassociationsa.blogspot.co.za/p/worldwide-day-of-botanical-art-to-be.html BAASA also has a Facebook page where they will be posting updates: https://www.facebook.com/botanicalartsa/
The artist, Jenny Hyde-Johnson, is fortunate to live in a World Heritage site near Johannesburg, South Africa, and focuses her artwork on native plants. Her work portrays the central subject along with its habitat, to tell the story about what shapes and nurtures that subject. In this case she shows the common squill's very large bulb and roots, and the grassland/savannah habitat it favors.
The Cape Chestnut tree flowers so heavily, its canopy is covered in pink, and so is cultivated for its beautiful flowers and glossy leaves. It is not related to chestnuts at all but is more closely related to citrus trees. The artist, Gillian Condy, shows the beautiful, prolifically flowering branch as well as the fruit in her lively composition.