John E. Maloney Banksia spinulosa Hairpin Banksia, 2011. Image courtesy John E. Maloney
ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition Botanica is a collection of fine art photography by John E. Maloney, which brings to life the beautiful flowers first collected in the late 18th and early 19th centuries around the Australian coast.
Maloney is drawn to photograph banksia’s as he describes, “Because they are a way of preserving rare natural history, and capturing the intricate beauty in fine detail, of the world around us.”
Digital photography and contemporary digital printing processes have provided a new media for scientists, botanical artists, and artists with contemporary ways in which to capture images. In this exhibition there are nineteen square format canvases that illustrate the textures, colours and fine details of flowers in close-up.
The artist’s macro photographs depict the rich diversity of Australian flora. Botanica transports the viewer back to the early 1770’s when botanist’s Joseph Banks (in NSW) and later Robert Brown (in WA) landed on Australian soil and collected samples of previously unknown species of plants. Audiences will experience the variety and splendour of the genus that was first discovered on Australian soil. Maloney has captured the unique characteristics of sixteen species of banksia in this exhibition, along with a series of abstracted images focusing on finer details of banksia blooms.
Botanica has been exhibited in the USA, Italy and Sydney and now has returned to Western Australia for a statewide tour.
Check out this exhibition at Greenough Museum from September 1 until October 29, 2017. Hosting this exhibition at Greenough has been made possible through funding from a City of Greater Geraldton Community Grant.
For an interview opportunity with the artist, contact ART ON THE MOVE at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 9249 3479. To find out more about Botanica visit the ART ON THE MOVE website.
The tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE.
ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
ART ON THE MOVE’s Education Program 2017 is proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the Smarter than Smoking message.