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Thursday, 06 September 2012 04:57

RHS Lindley Library Wisley displays work by award-winning artist Niki Simpson


Images: copyright Niki Simpson

Visitors this autumn to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Surrey, RHS Garden Wisley, will have the chance to get a closer view of the plant world with an exciting exhibition that takes an innovative approach to botanical art. Taking a Closer Look by Niki Simpson will run from 4 September - 9 December 2012 at the RHS Lindley Library, Wisley.

Niki Simpson is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist. Developed from traditional botanical art, her innovative, largely photographic work, aims to combine the best of the old with the technology of the new.

The exhibition consists of 14 portraits of numerous plant species, all of which have grown at RHS Garden Wisley. Each composite illustration displays all parts and dissections to give an accurate botanical reference of the plant portrayed.

Fiona Davison, Head of RHS Libraries and Exhibitions, said, ‘The RHS is committed to preserving our horticultural heritage for all gardeners and garden-lovers to enjoy. This new exciting collection of works on display is a fascinating reminder that history never stands still, and that new technologies can go hand in hand with traditional techniques to create not only historical records, but also beautiful pieces of art.'

Taking a Closer Look will run until 9 December 2012, and is available to all RHS Garden Wisley visitors. The library is open from 11am - 4pm daily. For more information please visit www.rhs.org.uk/libraries.

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