Man­grove wa­ter­colours an im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tion

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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.

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