Raymond BoothWild Life 7 Aug - 5 Sep 2017Raymond Booth, botanical artist, plantsman
Raymond BoothIn The Wild 24 May - 16 Jun 2017The Fine Art Society is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Raymond Booth. Born in 1929, Booth won a scholarship to Leeds College of Art at the age of sixteen. His studies were interrupted by two years National Service, mostly spent in Egypt. He contracted tuberculosis after leaving college in 1953, however the resulting spell in a sanatorium gave him the freedom to paint.
Booth submitted work for exhibition to the Royal Horticultural Society, where it attracted the attention of a number of distinguished plantsmen, most particularly that of Dr Harold Fletcher, the director of the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Wisley. He exhibited individual works at Walker's Gallery on New Bond Street and later, from 1962, at the Fine Art Society, where he held his first one-man exhibition in 1975.
In 1992, he produced his magnum opus Japonica Magnifica, in conjunction with Don Elick. The book resulted from twelve years of correspondence with Elick, an American plant collector who lived in Japan for more than 40 years. Their shared love of Japanese flora and landscape is shown in the botanical paintings and drawings, of which a number of the original studies and illustrations can be seen in this exhibition.
In 2007 The Fine Art Society presented an exhibition devoted to the subject closest to Raymond's heart: In Adel Woods, which was followed in 2011 by an anniversary exhibition celebrating fifty years with the gallery. After his death in 2015, the gallery held a memorial exhibition to celebrate his life and extraordinary career. Raymond's work is included in many public and private collections in Europe, America, Japan and the Middle East, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Ulster Museum, Belfast, the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh and Leeds City Art Gallery.
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Raymond BoothA Memorial Exhibition 12 Aug - 9 Sep 2016This summer The Fine Art Society will hold a memorial exhibition in honor of the late artist and plantsman, Raymond Booth. An intensely private man, Raymond Booth was immersed in...
In the Garden: an online exhibition9 Jun - 7 Jul 2016In the Garden is the first in a series of online exhibitions to be organised by The Fine Art Society on a monthly basis from June 2016.
In the wake of the Royal Academy's grand scale exhibition Painting the Modern Garden, it was mentioned to us that The Fine Art Society was the first gallery in London to have ever staged an exhibition dedicated to gardens. Looking through our archives, this was proved to be right as numerous exhibitions dedicated to flowers, cottages, landscapes, nature and garden were organised on a regular basis for many years; the first exhibition having been staged as early as 1886.
Following on from this tradition, In the Garden presents a selection of twenty-nine works by various artists, including paintings, drawings and prints, where the garden takes central place; highlighting the importance of the garden and the garden-landscape in British Art and for British artists across the years.
Works by the following artists are included in the exhibition,
Edward Bawden, David Gentleman, John Copley, Robert Austin, Robert Bevan, Raymond Booth, Kenneth Rowntree, Theodore Casimir Roussel, Edward Calvert, Robin Tanner, Henry Woods, William Ratcliffe, Duncan Grant, Sir Muirhead Bone, Arthur Haythorne studd, Joash Woodrow, Sir Herbert James Gunn, John Bulloch Souter, Ernest Archibald Taylor, James Stuart Park, Sir David Murray
A Barrister's Collection: A Lifetime of Collecting by Professor W.M. Ballantyne5 - 21 Mar 2014Professor W M Ballantyne has been collecting for 50 years, buying only what he loved over a broad range which includes Old Master works as well as Modern British. The Fine Art Society will present an exhibition of the collection in March and everything will be for sale. Artists whose work is included in this diverse group include David Roberts, Edward Stott, Algernon Newton and Harold Gilman.
Raymond BoothFifty Years with The Fine Art Society 18 May - 3 Jun 2011A selling exhibition of Raymond Booth's work, featuring recent work as well as remarkable drawings and paintings from his art school days and early career. This exhibition marks and celebrates Booth's fifty years at The Fine Art Society as one of their represented artists.