Mangrove watercolours an important exhibition
An exhibition by Newcastle-based natural history and botanical artist Deirdre Bean entitled Australia’s mangroves:
living on the edge will open at Tweed Regional Gallery this Friday.
The artist developed a fascination for mangroves as a child when she swam among them in the Myall River. On learning more about their ecological importance and vulnerability, she undertook a self-funded project to document these unique plants. This was the focus of her recent PHD project.
Almost half the world's mangrove species are found in Australia. Bean studied 34 of Australia's 47 species over seven years. Each species was sourced from field trips and methodically painted in her studio.
Bean recounts: I encountered many hazards: torrential rain, mosquitoes, ants, heat, mud, dehydration and, of course, crocodiles. My equipment included my camera, water, insect repellant, collecting bag, and phone Ð with variable coverage. Once my specimens were secured, many hours were spent in the studio developing a botanically accurate watercolour painting, the results of which are featured in this exhibition.
these meticulously accurate depictions of Australia's mangroves executed in watercolour and graphite on paper are an important body of work, that I believe would be of equal interest to botanists, plant enthusiasts and appreciators of fine art, Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said.
All are welcome to attend the official opening celebrations on Friday at 6pm, with guest speaker Stella Downer, of Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. The exhibition opens in conjunction with Laith Mcgregor: Borrowed Time and graeme drendel: Confessions.
On Sunday 11 November at 2pm, an In Conversation will be held between artist Deirdre Bean and Senior Research Scientist at James Cook University Dr Norman Duke (MSC, PHD). Join them for this free event where they will discuss this fragile species.
Deirdre Bean, Lumnitzera × rosea 2015, watercolour and graphite on Arches 300gsm hot pressed paper 43 × 30cm.
Deirdre Bean, Bruguiera sexangula 2015, watercolour and graphite on Arches 300gsm hot pressed paper 51 × 44cm.