Past & Present: Plants of Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Society's inaugural exhibition was held from November 2020 - January 2021 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Library of Botany & Horticulture.
Selected artworks were also reprinted and displayed next to historical botanical illustrations of the same species outdoors at the SBG People’s Galleries.
The exhibition highlighted the beauty of our natural flora, and prompted a reflection on changes to our natural heritage over the years by showcasing the same plant species in historical botanical prints, next to a modern interpretation.
Library of Botany and Horticulture, Singapore Botanic Gardens
17 artists presented 44 beautiful artworks
An exhibition of tropical fruit artwork by our members
In March of 2021, the Society held an open call for members to create tropical fruit botanical artwork, as the fruits are abundant and accessible in the region (even during the Covid restrictions).
Creating botanical artwork is a labour of love as artists spend a long time researching their subjects before even starting to put pencil, pen or paint to paper. We strive to be as scientifically accurate as possible. It is important to show, for example, how the leaf petiole attaches to the stem, correct venation direction, or exactly how many stamen a flower has. It's all in the detail, and it can take weeks or months for an artwork to be completed.
The 'fruits' of our member's labour were featured in our 2022 Calendar, as ornaments hanging on one of the Singapore Botanic Gardens 2022 Trees of the World Display trees, and here in this online exhibition. Enjoy!