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Rosamond W. Purcell, Honeycreepers

Rosamond W. Purcell, Honeycreepers (1995, printed 1998), azo dye print (lifochrome) [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 20-Dec 14] © Rosamond W. Purcell Photo © National Gallery of Canada

Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature

Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Sep 20-Dec 14, 2014

Robert Bourdeau, Flower

Robert Bourdeau, Flower (1965), gelatin silver print [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 20-Dec 14] Photo © National Gallery of Canada


Aganetha Dyck, Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14
Aganetha Dyck, Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14 (2001-2003), chromogenic print [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 20-Dec 14] Photo © National Gallery of Canada


Shary Boyle, Untitled
Shary Boyle, Untitled (the Porcelain Fantasy series) (2005), graphite, watercolour, gouache, pen, and black ink on wove [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 20-Dec 14] Photo © National Gallery of Canada


The relationship between culture and nature is often one of conflict. Witness an exhibition opening on a sunny afternoon suddenly being in competition with the pull of a mountain hike or walk around the lake. Nevertheless, it is those same sunny afternoons that have given this country some of its finest drawings, paintings, prints and photographs. Over 70 of these works are on display at the Surrey Art Gallery, with the help of their steward, the National Gallery of Canada.

Most notable is the consideration given to places where culture and nature meet: the garden. Among the earliest works is a 16th-century watercolour rendering of Mughal Emperor Babur overseeing a planting in India. More recent works include the taxonomic photography of German artist Karl Blossfeldt, represented here with an array of black-and-white portraits of single plant specimens; and images by West Coast photographer Jim Breukelman, whose oeuvre includes subjects ranging from the domed environments of Biosphere 2 in Arizona to topiary in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

At the faunal end of the scale are etchings of butterflies and moths by the 17th-century etcher and printmaker Wenzel Hollar.

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James Griffiths, John H. Griffiths, Pansies

James Griffiths, John H. Griffiths, Pansies (after 1836), pen, ink, watercolour, and graphite on wove paper [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 20-Dec 14] Photo © National Gallery of Canada


Wenzel Hollar, Dragonflies and a Bumblebee
Wenzel Hollar, Dragonflies and a Bumblebee (1646), etching on laid paper [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 20-Dec 14] Photo © National Gallery of Canada


 Wed, Sep 10, 2014