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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Contemporary Botanical Aquatint Etchings by Bryan Poole

(Heliconia bihai with female Eulampis jugulatis by Bryan Poole, published in The Art of Plant Evolution, Kress and Sherwood, 2009, p.23.)

Bryan Poole is trained as a botanical artist through his illustration work with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew since the early 1980s. In his newly published book the New Zealand borne contemporary botanical artist Bryan Poole describes the method of aquatint etching in great detail.  He successfully combines the traditional illustration methods with modern approach to botanical art and design. While admiring Sydney Parkinson's early work he is creating striking copperplate aquatint etchings printed onto acid-free paper in an intaglio press. The intalgio method was commonly used in Europe in the 16th century. The aquatint technique gives a look and feel of watercolor but might be more vivid, saturated look.

"Bryan Poole's work is outstanding in a number of ways beyond his re-introduction of painstaking printing techniques pioneered by Redoute" writes Shirley Sherwood in her foreword for this book which presents one hundred plates from Poole's work and absolutely worth of the investment. Bryan Poole was elected as a member of Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2002 and became a Royal Etcher (R.E.) Five years later he was awarded the Royal Horticulture Society's Gold Medal. To view more of his art and read about the process, please click here .
 Bryan Poole - Contemporary Botanical Aquatint Etchings with a Foreword by Shirley Sherwood. 
Edited by David F Marks . Published by art-n-stuff, 2011.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The link to the blurb bookshop to purchase a copy of Bryan Poole's book is: