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The Vision and Passion of William T. Cooper: A RetrospectiveArtist/Author: Cooper, Wendy (Editor)
A catalogue of images published in association with the exhibition The Vision of William T. Cooper: A Retrospective presented at the Tableland Regional Gallery in Atherton, from 1st September – 26th November 2017.
Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines.Artist/Author: Barry, Bernice.
This meticulously researched biography tells the extraordinary story of Georgiana Molloy, one of Australia’s first internationally successful female botanists. From the refined beauty of 19th century England and Scotland, to the dramatic landscape of the West Australian coast, Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines gives new insight into the life of this pioneering botanist. Following a swift marriage, Georgiana and Captain John Molloy, a handsome hero with a mysterious past, emigrated to Australia among the first group of European settlers to the remote southwest. Here, despite personal tragedy, Georgiana’s passion for flora was ignited. Entirely self-taught, she gathered specimens of indigenous flora from Augusta and Busselton that are now held in some of the world’s leading herbarium collections. Using Georgiana’s own writings and notes, accompanied by full-colour pictures of some of the stunning plants mentioned throughout, Bernice Barry reveals a resilient, independent woman of strong values, whose appreciation and wonder of the landscape around her become her salvation, and her legacy.
Brush with Gondwana.Artist/Author: Gooding, Janda.
Seven leading botanical artists are brought together in this beautifully illustrated book. Author Janda Gooding shares the stories behind each artist’s illustrations and reveals a rich and diverse record of Western Australia’s unique flora, fauna and fungi. Illustrations by Margaret Pieroni, Katrina Syme, Philippa Nikulinsky, Pat Dundas, Rica Erickson, Ellen Hickman and Penny Leech.
Botanical illustration for beginners: a step by step guide.Artist/Author: Thurstan, Meriel and Rosie Martin.
Whether you’re a beginner who wants advice on composition and plotting out your initial drawings; a more experienced artist eager to develop your skills with colour; or an old hand looking for challenging, complex textures and shapes, this unique approach to botanical illustration has something for you. Filled with practical and inspirational worksheets, colour swatches, sketches, and stunning finished paintings, it demonstrates everything you need to know about capturing beautiful botanical specimens on paper.
Albertus Seba: cabinet of natural curiosities.Artist/Author: Musch, Irmgard, Jes Rust and Rainer Willmann.
This spectacular little book presents Albertus Seba’s unrivaled catalogue of animals, insects and plants. Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though scientists of his era often collected natural specimens, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Seba (1665-1736) was unrivaled in his passion. His amazing collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, Seba commissioned careful and often scenic illustrations of every specimen. With these meticulous drawings he arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue covering the entire collection from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds and butterflies, including now extinct creatures. This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-coloured original housed at the National Library of the Netherlands. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged.
The art of Australian Geographic illustration.Artist/Author: McGregor, Alasdair.
Twenty seven years of excellence in illustration is celebrated in this sumptuously presented book from Australian Geographic. The illustrator’s art has been one of the cornerstones of Australian Geographic since Banjo the platypus graced the cover of the first issue in 1986. Inside the pages of Australian Geographic, illustration has been used to explain complex data, recreate scenes from our ancient past or simply to show us nature in all its detailed glory and continues to be a vital storytelling tool. This gorgeous book boasts 224 pages of beautiful images from many of Australias finest natural history artists. Enjoy the chance to see many familiar scenes in a whole new light as they feature as artworks in their own right. The book is packed with depictions of Australias fauna and flora as rendered by the finest illustrators and features words from award winning writer and artist Alasdair McGregor.
The library at the end of the world: natural science and its illustrators.Artist/Author: Hansen, Anita and Margaret Davies, editors.
The artworks for this book are selected from the volumes held in the Rare Books Collection of The Royal Society of Tasmania Library. This book looks at the science behind the magnificent volumes examined, but also considers the artist who created the beautiful images. The volume starts with an historical overwiew and is divided into sections on vascular plants, lichens, orchids, crustaceans, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals with introductions from expects in those fields. Artists represented are Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771), James Sowerby (1757-1822), Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), John Curtis (1791-1862), Sarah Stone (c.1761-1844), Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) John Lewin (1770-1819) and many others. Also available in paperback [stock id 37467].
Little book of Australian orchids.Artist/Author: National Library of Australia.
A delightful pairing of orchid images, from the National Librarys collections, with Australian poetry.
Bateman: new works.Artist/Author: Bateman, Robert.
Robert Bateman is one of the world’s greatest wildlife artists and most committed naturalists. This exquisite collection of recent works, all reproduced here for the first time in book form, is published in honor of his 80th birthday and features 75 full-colour reproductions of paintings depicting both North American and international wildlife scenes. This glorious edition includes an essay by Bateman in which he shares his wisdom on nature, environmentalism, education, and the role of art in the preservation of wilderness, as well as black-and-white sketches and commentary on specific works. Bateman: New Works is an essential addition to any Bateman collection and a satisfying introduction to the work of this revered and iconic artist.
Understanding the flowering plants: a practical guide for botanical illustrators.Artist/Author: Bebbington, Anne L. D.
Plants constantly surprise us as we look at the intricacy of their structure and how they are put together. This fascinating guide explains what flowering plants are and their relationship to other groups of plants. It provides detailed information on structure and function of the different parts of the flowering plant and highlights important features that are often overlooked by artists. With drawings, paintings and photographs throughout, it advises on how to carry out a botanical study and will prove essential reading for botanical artists, photographers and all those wishing to gain a greater understanding of flowering plants.
Imitation of life: a visual catalogue.Artist/Author: Kanellos, Tony.
This sumptuously illustrated book from the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide features 192 apples and 129 pears presented as an album of portraits. Stunning photography captures the life-like detail of this intriguing papier-mache model collection. Showcasing a lost art form and lost fruit varieties, this book details the fascinating story of this rare German model collection. Adelaide’s collection is one of the largest collections to survive and the only one known to exist outside of Europe. After spending 60 years in storage the collection has been reinstated to the permanent display of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany – one of Adelaide’s lesser known treasures.
An eye for nature: the life and art of William T. Cooper.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
Foreword by Sir David Attenborough. A wonderfully produced work on celebrated wildlife artist William T. Cooper. Illustrated with nearly 200 paintings and sketches, including never before published bird and landscape paintings, this biography by well-known author Penny Olsen traces the path of Cooper’s life and art.
In the work of artist William T. Cooper, platypuses swim in green underwater worlds, waves throw up blankets of spray, embers glow in the aftermath of a bushfire, a Thylacine emerges from the shadows, sniffing the air. But it is his paintings of birds which set Cooper aparthis raucous cockatoos, colourful parrots, animated turacos and flamboyantly displaying birds of paradise. Often placed in meticulously studied landscapes, these intricate bird portraits reveal Coopers close observation not only of his subjects appearance, but their habits, poses and behaviour.
In this biography, Penny Olsen traces the path of Coopers life and artfrom his childhood spent in the bush, to his teenage years as an apprentice taxidermist at Carey Bay Zoo and, later, to his work as a window dresser and landscape artist. She documents his fruitful partnership with wife and collaborator Wendy Cooper and his extensive travels in Australia and abroad in pursuit of his subjects. Olsens commentary reveals the development of an artist and the trajectory of a life, while extracts from Coopers extensive field notebooks give an insight into his interests and processes.
Illustrated with photographs, paintings and sketches, and includes a portfolio of bird and landscape paintings that have never before been published.
About the author:
Penny Olsen is a research scientist and natural history writer based at The Australian National University in Canberra. She has written more than 20 books, her most recent including Cayley &Son: The Life and Art of Neville Henry Cayley & Neville William Cayley (2013), Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists (2013), Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australias Curious Animals (2010) and Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (2007) for which she received a Whitely Award from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.