Acrylic Painting of Waterlilies by Pandora Sellars (1936 - 2017)

20th Century
Acrylic on paper
Image: 28cm x 23cm
Frame: 36cm x 31cm
Standard Parcel
£ 400
Acrylic painting by the celebrated British Botanic artist, Pandora Sellars (1936-2017). Signed and framed under glass.
A stunning floral study where the waterlilies jump out from the dark paper in a strikingly modern reinterpretation of the Botanist’s art.
Trained as a designer, Pandora then studied at the Cheltenham School of Art and Manchester School of Art. She provided illustrations for a number of scientific botanical books (Flora of Jersey (1984) by France Le Sueur ; The Genus Paphiopedilum (1987) by Phillip Cribb; The Genus Arum (1993) by P Boyce; Genus Cyclamen (2012) by Brian Mathew) and for a series of Royal Mail stamps. She exhibited widely, both in Britain and abroad. Following her death, her 1990 solo Kew exhibition is now being followed by a major retrospective, currently running from 6 October 2018 to 17 March 2019 in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens. Dr Sherwood previously described Pandora as “one of the most important botanical artists of all time”, adding “Her leaves are amongst the most beautiful and yet accurate that have ever been painted.” In an introduction to her 1990 catalogue, Michael Best wrote: “one is immediately aware of being in the presence of a consistent and superior talent in the delineation of plants: the fidelity to nature is absolute; the quality of draughtsmanship unwavering; the use of colour impeccable and the representation of texture without equal.” “I remain to be convinced that the world has ever known a botanical painter with a greater talent than Pandora Sellars…Only the brothers Bauer occupy, with her, the corner of the botanical world in which one can truly say that no one has ever done it better.”