Guildford House Gallery Reveals Pauline Dean Retrospective

By Culture24 Staff | 08 January 2009
A picture of a drawing of some flowers, which are coloured pinky violet and have a tower in the background

Dean was born in Brighton and lived in Guildford between 1968 and 2007. © George Dean

Exhibition Preview: A Flowering Legacy - A retrospective exhibition of the botanical work of Pauline Dean (1943-2007) will go on show at Guildford House Gallery, from February 28 2009.

The family of Pauline Dean – the leading UK botanical artist who died last year – have announced a retrospective of her award-winning work at Guildford House Gallery in February 2009.

A picture of thin, turquoise-coloured plants hanging from leafy stems

The artist was introduced to botanical painting at the age of 42, and swiftly proved her exceptional eye for detail. © George Dean

A Flowering Legacy will showcase work by Dean, who won eight gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and counts the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the RHS Lindley Library and international galleries among exhibitors of 600 works sold during her 20-year career.

A picture of a plant with wiry, green leafy roots, a thick brown stem and bright red flower

Dean's biography, Pauline Dean - Portfolio of a Botanical Artist, will be on sale. © George Dean

A talk by her husband George, who co-wrote her autobiography, will also take place as part of the exhibition, as well as workshops on painting flowers and botanical print.

A picture of a circular plant with purple flowers

© George Dean

Dean began drawing at a relatively late age, after a tutor spotted her eye for minutiae when she joined an art class after her children started school in 1985.

A picture of green shoots springing up to purple flowers

© George Dean

She went on to flourish during the renaissance of botanical art in the late 1980s, often studying seeds, flowers and fungi, and spent ten years tutoring at RHS Gardens Wisley.

Various flowers biographically pictured to detail the stems at the top of the page. The stems are green and the flowers are yellow

© George Dean

The exhibition will run until March 21 2009

Tozzy Bridger is hosting a Botanical Print Workshop on Thursday, March 5, 2009, from 10.30am-3.30pm. The workshop costs £20 per person to cover materials.

George Dean’s talk, Pauline Dean: The Person Behind The Painter, takes place on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 1pm. Places are free, but booking is essential.

Starting to Paint Flowers, a workshop by botanical artist Jan Harbon, takes place on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 between 10.30am & 3.30pm. Places are free, but booking is essential.

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