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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Offering of the Day: A Beautiful Rendition of an Amaryllis Flower by the only Living Artist in the Arader Galleries Collection

Jenny Phillips (1947-)
Amaryllis
Paper size: 16 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches
Framed size: 27 1/4 x 32 5/8 inches
Pencil and watercolor on paper
 Signed lower right
$28,000

Jenny Phillips, born in Victoria, Australia in 1949, is an eminent contemporary artist widely known for her botanical illustrations.  Inspired by the European Old Masters, whom she studied in extensive museum libraries in England, France, and Italy, and by her personal love of gardening, Jenny Phillips has concentrated on botanical subjects for her drawings and watercolors since 1971. 

Phillips was the recipient of gold medals from both the Australian National Print Awards in 1987 and the Royal Horticultural Society of London in 1993, and her work has been shown in several one-person exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions as well as in many private collections, including the collection of Dr. Shirley Sherwood, one of the world's foremost collectors of botanical art. 

Jenny Phillips' illustrations show both her exceptional knowledge of botany and her skill as an artist.  Her works are highly collectable because she is able to meticulously represent the scientific details of her subjects while simultaneously reproducing their vitality and natural beauty. 

Phillips' has also contributed to the field of botanical art through her work as a lecturer and as an art teacher.  In 1994 she established the Botanical Art School of Melbourne, which she continues to run with the mission of giving artists an in-depth understanding of the main artistic principles necessary to draw and paint.  In 1997 Phillips began teaching master classes in botanical illustration and painting around the world, including at the Orient-Express Hotels in Cape Town, Charleston, Johannesburg, Sydney and Venice as well as at renowned botanical gardens, such as the New York Botanical Gardens.  As a teacher of botanical art, Jenny Phillips has personally inspired over 3,000 students, and having exhibited in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, and South Africa, she has doubtlessly inspired and impressed thousands of others.

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