Flower painters who balance art and science with blooms

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Derek James
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
4:48 PM

It isn’t often you come across such a dedicated group as the Iceni Botanical Artists – formed five years ago by painters with a passion for flowers and the Norfolk countryside.

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In just a few years it has attracted some of our most talented artists and their annual exhibitions have become an event which so many people look forward to.

Leading artists, who paint in various styles, living and working in and around Breckland, were attracted to join the society. They all have one thing in common. Their love of flowers, plants and nature.

Botanical art is a specialist field and the quality of work by members of the group is quite breathtaking.

The members, from both Norfolk and Suffolk, are also involved in a long-term project to paint and records the special rare wild flowers found in the Breckland region.

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One of the founder members, artist Hazel Rush, said: “It is a huge task even with most members taking part. Many of the wild flowers are extremely tiny and because they are rare many have to be painted on site. It is not the easiest task to paint with extreme accuracy while crouched on the ground.”

It is hoped that the study of these wild flowers of Breckland will come together to form a travelling exhibition visiting various places throughout the country. Step two is also in progress which is to produce a book depicting the full collection.

Another member, Sheila O’Brien, said: “Flower painters have been part of the art world for a very long time. Botanical art in particular combine the elements of both science and art and can raise the standard above pure illustration to become wonderful works of art in their own right and can be highly collectable.”

We can all see the wonderful work by members of the Iceni Botanical Artists when they stage their annual exhibition which this year is taking place at Wymondham Arts Centre opening on Tuesday, September 9.

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The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm until Saturday and on the Sunday from 1.30pm until 5pm. There will be framed paintings, mounted prints and greeting cards to see and buy. Artists will be working there most days to chat to...and learn some of their skills.

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Artists taking part in the exhibition include Hazel Rush and Sheila O’Brien pictured at work in their Norfolk studio and examples artists’ work.



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