Chorizema illicifolia, Solar plate engraving (three plates) - Image 34 x 29 cm, Paper 56 x 47 cm.

Voyages Botanical

Solar plate engravings & paintings by

CHRISTINE JOHNSON

30 October to 29 November 2014

To be officially open on Thursday 30 October, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
by Robert Heather, Manager, Collection Interpretation at the State Library of Victoria



Voyages Botanical
is Christine Johnson’s exploration of the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden, as first seen by the early botanists and illustrators.

The artist says, “When the early explorers first encountered this continent in the late 18th century, it must have seemed to them like an immense unclassified museum, preserved for millennia by its sheer isolation….What followed was a golden period in natural history publishing.” 

Christine is exhibiting a unique body of drawings and prints of Australian native flora at the Eildon Gallery at the Alliance Française de Melbourne.

This exhibition will co-incide with a display of her prints with items from the Rare Books collection in "Mirror of The World" at the State Library of Victoria until October 2015.

As a recent Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, Christine has drawn on the Rare Book collection of botanical illustration. Christine's aim was to blend art with science, cartography and excerpts from explorer’s journals to tell a story about the early years of exploration of Australia using the flowers that were picked along the way. 

The artist viewed original illustrations by Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Ferdinand Bauer among others and has created delicate and beautifully realised solar plate engravings of wildflowers - powerful symbols of the vulnerability and fragility of Australia’s natural environment and heritage.

Since early 2013, Christine has been working as artist in residence at Baldessin Press printing the Voyages Botanical series. The full series of prints will be three series of twelve (36 images) and presented as limited edition box-sets, edition of 12.

Christine Johnson lives and works in Melbourne as a full-time practicing artist and has had over 20 solo exhibitions throughout Australia including Australian Galleries in Melbourne, Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney, Greenhill Galleries in Perth and BMG in Adelaide. She studied Fine Art at Monash University and post graduate studies at RMIT, and has completed several public art projects in Melbourne. She is represented in Australian public and private collections.

Full selection of available works can be viewed at : http://www.christinejohnsonartist.com/available-works.html.
For sale inquiries, please contact Françoise Libotte at the Alliance Francaise Gallery front desk, on 9525 3463 or at: deputydirector@afmelbourne.com.au  

View Catalogue - Voyages Botanical

The project has been generously sponsored by:

                                                                                                                  

       


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