About Us

The Botanical Art Society (Singapore) was officially founded in June 2019 by a group of plant-loving botanical art enthusiasts in Singapore.  The Society now has members from Singapore, across Asia and North America.  

We are an inclusive society supporting botanic art lovers, novices and accomplished artists. Our vision is to grow the appreciation and development of botanical art not only in Singapore, but also in the region.

We promote awareness and understanding of botanical art in the community through events and exhibitions. We create opportunities for member artists to showcase their artworks through exhibitions and merchandising. And we aim to improve our members' techniques and skills through workshops, sharing and painting sessions.

The Botanical Art Society (Singapore) promotes the practice of botanical art and supports the artists who create it

Watercolour painting of Prosthechea cochleata showing full plant with pale green and purple flowers alongside flower parts
© Sunanda Widel Prosthechea cochleata   

What is Botanical Art?

Although the terms 'botanical art' and 'botanical illustration' are often used interchangeably, there is a distinction between the two.

Before there was photography, hand-drawn botanical illustrations were the only way of visually recording and documenting the world’s many plant species. The illustrations were used by physicians, pharmacists, botanical scientists, and gardeners for identification, analysis, and classification. 

Today, we define botanical illustration as accurately drawn illustrations that portray a plant and are used as an aid in plant identification. The illustrators work closely with botanists and the illustrations made are often published in scientific journals. They are usually black ink line drawings and include detailed dissections.  Even with today's advances in photography, drawings can show details about plants in a 3D representation that photographs cannot.

Botanical art is made more for aesthetic purposes. The artists have more leeway in portraying the plant in a modern composition and style.  However, the plant depiction must still be true to the plant and botanically accurate.  The most common medium used is watercolour, but graphite, acrylic, oil and coloured pencils are also commonly used.  

Botanical Illustrationpen & ink
 Evonne Tay-KohTimonius billitonensis Valeton  (©  Singapore Botanical Gardens)
Botanical art in Watercolour of Alstroemeria showing branch with red flowers
Botanical Artwatercolour
© Angelina CheongAlstroemeria
Botanical art in watercolour of Manilkara zapota showing a branch with leaves and two fruits
Botanical Artcoloured pencils
© Goh Ai HwaManilkara zapota
Graphite sketch of Melastoma malabathricum showing vertical dissection of a flower with more parts below
Botanical Artgraphite
© Kelly BassettMelastoma malabathricum 

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