Julia Groves

I have a multidisciplinary art practice inspired by the historical and contemporary traditions of Botanical Art and Contemporary Art practice. As an ‘ethno botanical artist’ I work with plants as a way of telling stories about our relationships with ourselves and the world around us. Recently exploring the materiality and alchemical processes involved in making my own paints.

My work embodies many layered considerations and narratives including social, environmental, personal, historical and spiritual. With watercolour and graphite pencil on paper, as well as with 3-dimensional work made from collected plant materials, I explore the botanical world and its many treasures, intertwining the lattice of colour, form, narrative and symbolic potency.

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I came away from university with a first class honours degree in Fine Art and have exhibited extensively. My practice is informed by over 20 year’s experience as a horticulturalist working in community farms and gardens, a passion which began when I had my studio at Hackney City Farm in London. Going on to initiate the ‘Coriander Club’, a women’s horticultural project at Spitalfields City Farm and then to run the Biodynamic Market Garden and Herb Workshops at the Blackthorn Garden in Kent working with adults with mental health issues

Delighted to be awarded a Silver Gilt Medal for my exhibit at The Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Show April 2022 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
‘Seeds of Hope’: Seeds were the focus of my RHS exhibit, with their incredibly sophisticated, intricate, often astonishing structures which indicate their different dispersal mechanisms.
But more importantly these seeds are very special as they all come from ‘The Seed Co-operative’, who together with a network of growers, develop and sell organic, open-pollinated seeds, and are striving to support those making agroecological farming, food security and seed sovereignty a reality. I hoped that my paintings will help highlight their work and of how vital seeds and seed diversity are for the future.

I am a member of and exhibit with the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, the Iceni Botanical Artists, Artworks and Echo Arts.

2018 My painting of Rosa damascena included in the publication ‘The illustrated College Herbal’, Plants from the Pharmacopoeia Londinensis now in the Royal College of Physicians Herb Garden.
2018 Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition. My painting of Rosa rubiginosa selected for ‘In Ruskin’s Footsteps’ at Lancaster University
2016 and 2018 ‘FLORUM’ Selected Botanical Art Exhibition, Kent Wildlife Trust, Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, Kent
2016 ‘Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society’ Exhibition at the Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, Kent
2014 Artist in Residence – self initiated with Lyminge Archaeological Project, University of Reading
2014 and 2017 The Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition, London
2013 Ko-Ax Drawing, selected Exhibition, Mascalls Gallery, Kent

Website: www.juliagroves.co.uk

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