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Seaweed by Shirley Slocock'British Seaweeds' wins Gold Medal

October 2019

'British Seaweeds' a series of six exquisite paintings by Amicus member, Shirley Slocock won a coveted gold medal at this summer's RHS Botanical Illustration exhibition.

Shirley had chosen to paint British seaweeds (Marine algae) from around the South coast of England. Each painting depicts the particular seaweeds found at a different site, ranging from Castle Beach in Cornwall to Minnis Bay on the North Kent coast. Accompanied by her Labrador, Hector, Shirley collected the samples and kept them alive in seawater whilst she painted them. Identifying them was an incredibly difficult process as some species have more than 100 varieties. For this she had scientific help and the names were the most accurate it was possible to achieve.

The resulting paintings are as fascinating as they as they are beautiful and a timely reminder of the pressing need to protect the marine environment around our coasts.

Seaweed by Shirley Slocock

Strawberry by Rui JiangSBA exhibition 'Plantae 2019'

June 2019

In July this luscious strawberry by Rui Jiang will be exhibited at The Royal Society of British Artists 2019 exhibition, at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 4th -14th July 2019.

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'Victoria Cross Poppy' painted by Jeanne DebonsSBA exhibition 'Plantae 2019'

May 2019

Fiona Kane's beautiful Primula Vialli will be exhibited at the SBA exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Fiona is one of three SBA members who will be exhibiting paintings at the annual SBA exhibition 'Plantae 2019' which is at the Mall Galleries, The Mall,  London SW1 and runs from 5th - 9th of June.

Also exhibiting will be Elaine Searle and Rui Jiang whose tulips are shown here.

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Tulips by Rui Jiang

Formations posterFormations
- An Exhibition of Paintings by Louise Young

May 2019

Amicus member Louise Young has a solo exhibition at this year's Hay on Wye book festival.

For the past eighteen months Louise has been visiting-artist at Fern Verrow, a wonderful biodynamic farm on the edge of the Black Mountains in Herefordshire. Louise has painted an example of their produce each month and it is some of these paintings which will be on show at Hay next week. She was invited to exhibit in 'The Gallery Above' a beautiful space which opens only for the festival period. The exhibition runs from Friday 24th May to Sunday 2nd June at:

The Gallery Above, 37 Lion Street, Hay on Wye, HR3 5AA

For further information and opening hours can be found at

Medlar by Fiona KaneJoseph Dalton Hooker - a Legacy of Beauty
From Halesworth to the Himalayas

May 2017

This exhibition celebrates the bicentenary of the birth in Halesworth of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, renowned plant collector.

For the exhibition at The Halesworth Gallery, the artists of Amicus Botanicus will be joined by students from the Chelsea School of Botanical Art. The artists have painted plant species that were either discovered by or named after Hooker, and the exhibition will also feature in situ demonstrations of Botanical Painting by some of the artists.

The exhibition runs from Sat 1st July 2017 -19th July.

The Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth. IP19 8LL

Weekdays and Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 2 - 4pm
Admission free

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Medlar by Fiona KaneMarch 2017 News

March 2017

A lovely exhibition - 'Botanical Beauty' runs until April 1st at : Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Whittaker avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
Open Monday -Saturday.

Fiona Kane is exhibiting alongside botanical artists including Sally Pond and Candida Groom who will be joining Amicus Botanicus for the Exhibition to commemorate Joseph Hooker later in the year.

Also exhibiting in 'Botanical Beauty' is member Shirley Slocock to whom congratulations are due; Shirley received a Gold medal for her beautiful series of drawings at the RHS Botanical painting show at the end of February.

by Joseph Dalton HookerFebruary 2017 News

February 2017

This beautiful palm was painted by Shirley for the 'Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Floriliegium and will be coming to Kew next year. Shirley will be showing a collection of new paintings at the RHS botanical painting show in RHS Lindley Hall, Westminster opening on 23rd February. This is a celebration of botanical art and horticultural masterpieces from around the world.

The Chelsea School of Botanical Art is again participating in the internationally renowned Exhibition and will be hosting Shades of Green, a drop-in Botanical painting taster session.

  • 23 February 6-9pm Preview Evening (Tickets £5)
  • 24-25 February 10am-5pm (Free Entry)

Fifty Shades of Green


by Joseph Dalton HookerJanuary 2017 News

January 2017

The Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk – the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker is celebrating Hooker’s anniversary and has commissioned CSBA Alumni to exhibit botanical paintings of plant species relating to Hooker.

The exhibition will preview on Friday 30th June, the birthday of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and will be open to all visitors Saturday 1st July to Wednesday 19th July 2017, 11am - 5pm Monday - Saturday and 2 - 4pm on Sunday.

The Halesworth Gallery
Steeple End
IP19 8LL

Roots of MagicMay 2016 News

May 2016

Amicus member Louise Young is currently exhibiting eight small paintings on vellum at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The exhibition features the work of six artists and is centered around a Garden design based on the ancient Welsh legend of 'Llyn Fan y Fach'.

The story of 'the lady from the lake' explains how the tradition of herbal medicine arose in the area of Myddfai in medieaval times and continued until the 19C.

Louise shows in her paintings some of the original 'cures' described in 'The Red Book of Hergest', one of the earliest Welsh manuscripts.

The exhibition is in the gallery at the wonderful Botanic Garden at Llanarthne near Carmarthen continues until 14th June. For opening times go to

Crocus vernus 'Vanguard' by Linda Compton MacdonaldApril 2016 News

April 2016

Linda Compton McDonald's painting Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’
is in the The Green Tree Gallery's 'Blossom by Blossom the Spring Begins' exhibition from 19th March -7th May 2016 at Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP

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Linda's work can be viewed at

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