6/27/2011

"Watercolour" Tate Britain.




Today I would like to share with you some amazingly beautiful images courtesy of an extraordinarily gifted artist called Rachel Pedder-Smith.

I first came across her work in London recently during a visit to Tate Britain’s “Watercolour” exhibition. The exhibition features so many and varied artists whose work spans 800 years. There are medieval manuscripts, maps and botanical illustrations alongside works by Turner, Ravilious and Samuel Palmer to name but a few

I was immediately drawn to one painting in particular and that is how I discovered Rachel’s work. Her bean painting has everything I most admire in a work of art; it is inspired by nature, shows incredible artistry and attention to detail and has an overall marvelous sense of design. I am sure you will be smitten too! In the bean painting you are presented with something familiar, maybe even humble and everyday and yet you see it through the eyes of the artist who transforms each legume into a visual miracle. In the world of modern art we often hear the overworked saying about “challenging our preconceptions” as if that in itself were enough. I would say that this piece by Rachel does just that, it presents us with a selection of natural objects and through her skill and observation of the artist takes us to a new level. She makes us not only look but actually see.

As William Blake would say
“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”

You can see more of Rachel's paintings here on her website which also has a shop selling cards and prints.

You can learn more about the exhibition here, and now I will leave you with this beautiful image, Samuel Palmer's 'A Hilly Scene' (c.1826 - 1828). Tate. The exhibition runs until the 24th August, see it if you can, you will be enthralled.

21 comments:

  1. She does fabulous work...thanks for the link........have a great week!

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  2. Like it very much. Thanks.

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  3. Thanks for the reminder - another exhibition I mean to see before it closes!

    And thank you for the link to Rachel's stunning work. Watercolours seems almost timeless - a shared art over centuries.

    The Blake poem and Palmer painting are two of my very favourite things.

    Celia

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  4. Absolutely beautiful... Thanks for sharing Rachel's illustrations with us Valerie.

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  5. I love that bean painting too Valerie - there are such talented people around. Wish I could visit Tate Britain.

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  6. Beautiful, I'd love to see that exhibit... I'm especially enamored with the last painting - exquisite!

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  7. Love to see the details in the small and seemingly insignifigent...lovely work...inspiring!

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  8. I love watercolour, these are beautiful and I can see why you like Rachel's work, isn't she good!

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  9. Ohh stunning - I wonder if I can get there - thank you for sharing what you've discovered!

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  10. Beautiful work.
    I adore the work of Samuel Palmer and of course he was influenced by Blake.
    I visited the Romantics exhibition at Tate Britain which had many of Blakes watercolours and Samual Palmer on show.
    I must try and see the watercolour exhibition.

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  11. incredibly inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
    Xo,
    Heather

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  12. It's so good to see your post tonight after a very long day at work. Being reminded of what it can be to create beauty, and how fortunate we can be to get the opportunity to see beauty that other have created...that is a reminder to treasure.

    Thank you! I am going to return to this post soon to follow up on the links.

    xo

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  13. That watercolor is absolutely wonderful. Sometimes when I am drawing things from nature, I overlap them into the design. I really like the way each item has its own space and importange. Nice post. Cheers Lori from the Jarvis House.

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  14. Thanks for this , wonderful work - off to check her out now, and thanks for the SP quote/photo, one of my favourite artists.

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  15. I have made plans with some friends to visit, so had checked the website and seen this piece of work. It is a terrific piece and I do love her work, it is fascinating to see all the different seeds together. Hope to see it soon.

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  16. Thank you for alerting me to this splendid artist
    and, of course, reminding me of dear Palmer
    whose images I was showing to a friend yesterday!

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  17. Good old William Blake.
    He knew the secret, didn't he?

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  18. I can only agree, word for word, with what you have to say about Rachel's work - it's luscious - love the Samuel Palmer painting too. Have a good week Valerie. x

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  19. And suddenly the beans take on the look of Aboriginal art...

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  20. beautiful and very inspiring work!

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