Royal Horticultural Society
Lindley Library, Wisley
September 4 – December 9, 2012
Botanical artist, RHS medal winner, and photographer Niki Simpson combines traditional botanical art with the latest in photographic technology in her solo exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library.
On view are 14 portraits of plant species grown at RHS Garden Wisley. In each composite illustration, Simpson brings attention to the morphological features of each plant and in doing so, creates fourteen beautiful digital botanical illustrations.
Fiona Davison, Head of RHS Libraries and Exhibitions, said, “The RHS is committed to preserving our horticultural heritage for all gardeners and garden-lovers to enjoy. This new exciting collection of works on display is a fascinating reminder that history never stands still, and that new technologies can go hand in hand with traditional techniques to create not only historical records, but also beautiful pieces of art.”
Niki Simpson worked in the RHS Botany Department for many years and managed the Herbarium Image Collection. Niki earned the prestigious RHS Gold Medal (1998) for her traditional botanical watercolor paintings and, in 2003, began exploring digital techniques for botanical art. Her digitally created botanical illustrations received RHS Gold Medals in 2007 and 2008.
Exhibition hours at the RHS Garden Wisley are 11 AM – 4 PM daily. For more information, visit the RHS Lindley Library website.
About RHS Lindley Libraries
The RHS Lindley Libraries are the largest visual and written resource on horticulture in the world. Collections including books, art, photographs and archives span 500 years of Britain’s gardening heritage. Designated as an outstanding collection in 2011, the Lindley Libraries work to safeguard Britain’s gardening heritage, promote access to our collections and share information on all aspects of gardening.