Running from 11 May to 22 September 2013 at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens, is the art exhibition of Rory McEwen.
The Colours of Reality is a colourful history of this renowned Scottish artist and musician.
The Colours of Reality exhibition brings together both of his artistic and musical work shows the many facets of his creative career.
Beginning in the 1950s to the early 1980s, the exhibits include some of his more famous hyper-realistic botanical paintings and feature many of his etchings and sketch books.
You can also peruse the lesser-known pieces such as collages, and there is an example of a rare sculpture on show.
Fans of McEwen will love him for his botanical studies, and indeed, he had a major impact on how botanical works were portrayed in this field.
He contributed to a huge turning point in the development of contemporary botanical art with his posthumous 1988 Serpentine Gallery exhibition, and botanical artists cite him as an inspiration to this day.
Kew Gardens have reserved four gallery spaces to his botanical studies, and you can find out more about McEwen’s life and loves at the Rory McEwen exhibition.
For more information and to buy tickets visit kew.org
Garden tickets – £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. Kids 16 and under go free.
There is also a book to accompany the exhibition called Rory McEwen – The Colours of Reality by Martyn Rix, which is priced at £25.
The book is written by McEwen’s friend Martyn, who says: “He really brought it from illustration into an art form in itself by going into such intense details so it was beyond photography. He did modern abstract work as well, always going off and trying new experimental things, but the botanical paintings are his main contribution to art. He continued a tradition and created something new, bringing a modern aspect to a classical tradition. He’s still better than anyone else.”