Jonathan Sainsbury in American art exhibition

Jonathan Sainsbury watercolour plums and peacock butterflies

Jonathan Sainsbury watercolour plums and peacock butterflies

Art judges chose Jonathan Sainsbury's watercolour 'Peacocks and Plums' out of more than five hundred entries for inclusion in the 56th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, showcase of the international Society of Animal Artists.

Now in its 56th year, this exhibition seeks to present the very best in contemporary artistic interpretation of animals and birds, in two and three dimensions.  The exhibition is hosted each year by a different Museum venue around the United States.  This year the show will open at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, before touring round various museums in New Jersey, Kansas and Ohio.

Jonathan's painting, a fine watercolour illustration of peacock butterflies and plums, was inspired by observation of a tree in his own garden.  The painting is part of a series showing branches of British trees, with birds and insects, that belongs to a tradition of watercolour illustration, led by the painter James John Audubon in the eighteenth century.