Apr 23-May 30 2015 JONATHAN COOPER PARK WALK GALLERY Work from Botanical Artists in the Collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE -
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Press Release

Work from Botanical Artists in the Collection of

Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE

Celebrating 25 Years of her Collection

Greater Knapweed, by Rosie Sanders

An Exhibition at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery

23 April - 30 May 2015

Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery is delighted to be holding a selling exhibition of

new works by botanical artists in the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE. The

exhibition unites 18 outstanding contemporary artists, selected by Dr Sherwood, who

is celebrating 25 years as a collector and supporter of botanical art.

Papaver, by Fiona Strickland

Botanical art has for centuries been closely linked to exploration, travel, and

adventure, aiding and inspiring scientists in their quest to understand the natural

world. The best botanical artists have always, however, combined technical skill in

producing a faithful likeness of a specimen with their own artistic flair. The artists in

this exhibition, drawn from four continents, represent the very best of contemporary

botanical art, each differing in style, but all perfectly capturing the essence of their

chosen subject. They include Beverly Allen, Francesca Anderson, Susannah Blaxill,

Phansakdi Chakkaphak, Ingrid Finnan, Monika de Vries Gohlke, Coral Guest, Sue

Herbert, Annie Hughes, Mieko Ishikawa, Kate Nessler, Susan Ogilvy, Rachel Pedder-

Smith, Bryan Poole, Rosie Sanders, Fiona Strickland, Jessica Tcherepine, and Carol


The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens is the first gallery

dedicated solely to botanical art, displaying the works of living artists from the

collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE alongside the Garden’s holdings. It is a vivid

testament to the current renaissance of contemporary botanical art, demonstrating its

fruitful dialogue with great masters of the past while highlighting the excellence of

today’s practitioners.

Listing Information:

The gallery is open Monday Friday 10am – 6.30pm and Saturday 11am 4pm. Free

Admission. Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London, SW10 0AQ.

Press Information:

For more information or images please contact Rebecca Wall at

rebeccawall@jonathancooper.co.uk or on 020 7351 0410.

Notes to Editors:

Interested in plants and art since childhood, Dr

Sherwood earned her undergraduate degree in botany

from Oxford University and her D.Phil working in a

team which discovered the important drug Tagamet.

She started the Shirley Sherwood Collection in 1990,

and it now includes 900 paintings and drawings,

representing the work of over 240 contemporary artists

from 30 countries around the world. Alongside curating

exhibitions of works from her collection specially hung

for the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, she has exhibited her collection in many other

prestigious locations including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the

Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Marciana Library in Venice and the Real Jardín

Botánico Madrid. She has also written six books and many articles on botanical art.

The Sherwood family have all generously supported Kew with the building of the

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the only purpose-designed botanical art

gallery in the world. The gallery was opened in April 2008, and has between 2

3,000 visitors a week.

Awarded the OBE for services to botanical art in early 2012, Dr Sherwood is a Fellow

of the Linnaean Society, was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal

Horticultural Society and is an Hon. Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery - founded in 1988 - is a London based

contemporary art gallery specialising in representational drawing, painting,

photography and sculpture. The gallery is a member of SLAD (The Society of

London Art Dealers), BADA (The British Antique Dealers Association) and

LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antique Dealers), and regularly exhibits at

international art fairs.

Leaves, by Rachel Pedder-Smith