Wildlife Treasure is an exhibition of sculptures and two-dimensional works at the Nature in Art Museum, at Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester. This is the first time the Society of Animal Artists, USA is holding a Members’ exhibition in Britain. Artists from North America and around the world are participating. Every2-D entry is identical in size, 12 x 9 inches or 9 x 12 inches.
Jonathan Sainsbury is an elected member of the Society of Animal Artists and has frequently exhibited in the Annual Exhibition, held each year in America. Jonathan’s three entries are of a Crested tit in Scots pine, Ptarmigan in a snowy, rocky landscape, and Long-tailed tits with alder catkins.
‘Wildlife Treasures’ opens on July 25th and closes on September 3rd. Works are for sale.
Jonathan’s exhibition, ‘My Ark for Nature’ runs in Inverness Cathedral from Friday 1st – Wednesday 7th June. entrance free. The show is open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm and Sunday 1pm – 6pm.
The show displays Jonathan’s Scottish wildlife pictures, postcards and prints. It will be an interactive exhibition, in which Jonathan will draw and talk about his work, showing the process of turning ideas into finished pictures. Visitors will also be invited to share their own stories about wildlife.
The Cathedral is a friendly community, offering a warm welcome. There is a cafe open daily and plentiful parking alongside.
All are welcome. Community groups are welcome to pay a visit to use as inspiration for their own projects. There is quiet space in the Cathedral to work alongside the exhibition.
Any groups wishing to do please let the organisers know in advance, on 07515 709 179.
Happy New Year!
The first snowdrops are flowering in the garden. First indications that the days are lengthening, but it will be a long wait until Spring.
The constancy of Nature is a consolation in these dark days.
Looking forward to sharing my work in the year ahead.
Jonathan built his installation, 6m x 3m, in the back half of St Serf’s Episcopal Church, Comrie, opening to the public from Saturday 3rd – Wednesday 7th September 2016.
Two hundred people visited during that time. A sample of comments in the visitors book read ‘Special and uplifting as ever’, ‘Wonderful to see such stunning work. Hair raising.’, ‘Superb!’, ‘Excellent exhibition’, ‘Beautiful!’, ‘Absolutely lovely!’, ‘Really enjoyed paintings’, ‘Fabulous!’, ‘Gorgeous work, set out beautifully’, ‘Deeply humbling!’, ‘Beautiful pictures, very detailed’, ‘Fantastic local wildlife. Great work and quality.’ ‘Hares and corncrakes – wow!’
The installation grew out of Jonathan’s vision of an ark to hold all his favourite British wildlife, some endangered, some not. This was his first watercolour sketch, of an ark with birds and animals inside and around it. He imagined an installation combining the wooden appearance of an ark and, for practical reasons, a shed.
To the original plans, Jonathan planned to add blank paper panels that he could draw, in charcoal, through the course of the installation.
Jonathan Sainsbury launches a new Limited Edition giclee print of a hedgehog, costing £85 framed.
It is available from Jonathan’s stand at the BBC Countryfile Live Event at Blenheim, 4-7th August. Jonathan’s stand, ‘My Ark for Nature’ – K024 – across from the Camera Tower by the main arena at Blenheim – is a working wildlife artist’s studio where he will paint and draw live during the event.
There will be opportunities to ask the artist questions and to interact with the resources on display. There will be original works of art for sale, prints and cards from £3.
Jonathan Sainsbury loves to paint wrens. His picture of a European Wren, ‘Inspector of the Woodland Vaults’ was shown in 2015 in the 55th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, New York.
Jonathan says, ‘Wrens fill the woods near my home with their song. It amazes me how such a tiny bird can have such a big voice. That makes them attractive to me.’
He explains his inspiration for this picture. ‘There is a Ted Hughes poem, likening the wren to a little mouse, scuttling through undergrowth. When I read the poem, there was a phrase that caught my eye, where he likens the wren to an ‘inspector of the woodland vaults’. This gave me an image of a wren in ‘vaults’ of brambles.
‘I had just been painting and sketching brambles. The weather conditions had made the leaves and stalks particularly colourful that summer, showing deep purples and crimsons. I began to sketch different ideas in pencil, for a combination of wren and brambles, leading to this composition, which I then painted in watercolour.’
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.
Jonathan’s painting ‘Wren’s Larder’ was chosen for the 41st ‘Birds in Art’ exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. This is the most prestigious show world-wide dedicated to bird art. The exhibition opens Saturday 10th September 2016.