Emma Tennant: Biodiversity in the Tip of a Paint Brush

Emma Tennant: Biodiversity in the Tip of a Paint Brush
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“I can’t remember a moment in which I wasn’t simultaneously interested in both gardening and painting. I must have been born with a shovel in one hand and a paint brush in the other.” At the Garden Museum, Emma Tennant welcomes us into her world to wander through the nature of Great Britain among both familiar and rare species. Passionate about botany and a master gardener, the artist began painting using the plants she grew in her personal garden in Southern Scotland. But soon, her love for nature moved her to search for new sources of inspiration and she soon realised that species from the most diverse corners of the globe are fully capable of growing on the British Isles. From these experiences come precious water colour and ink works that visitors to the exhibition can purchase in antique frames or those decorated in gold leaf by Isabel Tennant, Emma’s daughter. On sheets of Nepalese or Japanese paper harvested out of tree trunks, the colours take on the most intensely profound hues, transforming natures wonders, large and small, into works of art - from the mimosa of the Isle of Wight to the renowned grapes of Chatsworth, from the sea kale of Norfolk to the wild water lilies of Sutherland and the magnolias of Lismore in Ireland. Each painting is accompanied by notes on the history of the species depicted, detailing curiosities and the history of exploration regarding plant hunters and, of course, master gardeners.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London