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Five reasons why you have to explore Toi Art Gallery Botanical and Wild life collection

May 20, 2020

In the 17th century, botanical drawing was considered a women’s activity. Through art and illustration, women played a pivotal role in the field of botanical science, making visible the natural world around us. Many of these innovators in the art of science have not received the same credit as their male counterparts until recently. But women like Maria Sibylla Marian (1647-1717), Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783), Lady Brassey (1838-1887), Lisa Cloquet (1788-1860), Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758), Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), and Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) should be known for their studies of nature and the ways in which their work influenced how we see and we study plants.

Dandelion by Barbara Regina Dietzsch

20th century botanical-themed art translated and transformed that older art form. Artists like Georgia O’ Keeffe painted flowers and landscapes that capture the essence of biological life through color and form. Artists—and female artists in particular—still work to capture the beauty, intricacy, and mystery of the natural world. And today, when we are stuck at home, sheltering-in-place due to Covid19, nature beckons and art delivers.

 

 

Georgia O’Keeffe, Pineapple Bud, 1939. Oil on canvas, 19 x 16 in. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

 

O’Keeffe, Heliconia, Crab’s Claw Ginger, 1939. Oil on canvas, 19 x 16 in. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

We put together a Botanical and Wildlife collection to celebrate the beauty of nature. This collection represents something we all might have taken for granted just a few months ago. Today this collection reads differently, perhaps as a reminder to appreciate, reflect, and hope. Here are five reasons you’d want to dig into Toi’s wonderful Botanical and Wildlife prints (in case you need some) and take a walk on the wild side!

  1. Everyone needs a garden of their own

This is of course the adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s phrase “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Flowers and mushrooms by Carolyn Gavin. Size: Medium 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30,5 cm.) in size. Giclée print of an original hand painted in watercolor with added black India ink for details.

Mirror peony by Malin Gyllensvaan.  Size: LARGE 12 x 16 inches (30,3 x 40,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in gouache.  

Spring Dance by Virginie Cognet. Size: LARGE 12 x 16 inches (30,3 x 40,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in gouache. 

 

  1. Animals are our friends and partners

No news here: animals are companions, friends and make the world a better place. Who needs to go on a safari if you can have your own grassland at home?

Folk bunny by Malin Gyllensvaan.  Size: LARGE 12 x 16 inches (30,3 x 40,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in pencil and gouache. 

Deer by Daniela Gallego. Size: MEDIUM  9 x 12 inches (23 x 30,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in graphite and digital color.

Sheep by Lieke Van der Vorst. Size: SMALL  8 x 8 inches (20,3 x 20,3 cm.) Giclée print of an original in color pencil, lino cut and ball point. 

Hérisson et moi by Joanna Concejo. Size: SMALL 8 x 10 inches ( 20,3 x 25,4 cm. Giclée print of an original drawing on paper, pencil and color pencil. 

  1. Colors are healing

“Chromotherapy” is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. There is also a belief that colors affect mood and emotions, and also influence psychological reactions. Prints with flowers and plants and animals and colors bring natural life to our home and heal us.

Space Ocean by Michaël Cailloux. 16 x 16 inches (40,5 x 40,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original  drawn by hand and colored in digital. 

Neon trees by Carolyn Gavin. Size: Medium 8 x 10 inches (20,3 x 25,3 cm.) in size. Giclée print of an original hand painted in watercolor with added black India ink for details. 

 

Across the summer by Eunyoung Choi. Size: MEDIUM 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30,5 cm.) LARGE  14 x 18 inches (35,5 x 45,7 cm.) Giclée print of an original in poster color, roller and digital media.

Yellow Flowers by Virginie Cognet. Size: LARGE 12 x 16 inches (30,3 x 40,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in gouache and pencils.  

  1. Make home your private jungle

The American writer Judith Thurman said: “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” Create your own private jungle combining colorful prints with animals and plants. It could be your refuge from everyday life, a place where you can dream of splendid giraffes, all tones of green and a vibrant blue sky.

Woodland by Eunyoung Choi. Size: MEDIUM 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30,5 cm.) LARGE 12 x 16 inches (30,3 x 40,5 cm.)  Giclée print of an original in poster color, roller and digital media. 

My little jungle by Virginie Cognet. Size: LARGE 12 x 16 inches (30,3 x 40,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in gouache

My botanical garden by Ivana Kozlai Lauridsen. Size: SMALL 8 x 10 inches ( 20,3 x 25,4 cm.). Giclée print of an original in digital. 

Little Blue Elephant by Daniela Gallego. 16 x 20 inches (40,5 x 50,8 cm.) Giclée print of an original in graphite and digital color

 

Animal Kingdom by Amanda Mijangos. Size: LARGE 16 x 20 inches (40,5 x 50,8 cm.) Giclée print of an original in graphite and watercolor. 

  1. Create a space where you nurture empathy

Connect with nature and animals creating a space with images that promotes empathy and love of the planet. What else could be more important these days?!

 

Grapefruit Tree by Rosanna Tasker Size: MEDIUM 9 X 12 inches (23 x 30,5 cm.) in size.LARGE 16 x 20 inches (40,5 x 50,8 cm.) Giclée print of an original in mixed media, gouache, pencil and handmade papers.

Whale by Xuan Loc Xuan. Size: SMALL 8 x 10 inches (20,3 cm x 25,4 cm). Giclée print of an original in digital

Family by Martin Jarrie. Size: MEDIUM 9 x 12 inches  (23 x 30,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in acrylic on paper.

Tranquility by Eunyoung Choi. Size: MEDIUM 11 X 14 (27,8 x 35,5 cm.) Giclée print of an original in poster color, roller and digital media.

Visit our Botanical and Wildlife collection for more inspiration

Karina Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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