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ABOUT THE ARTIST

 
 


Combining her lifelong love of flowers with a remarkable talent for capturing their essence on paper, Evelyn Binns is a botanical watercolour artist with an established reputation for fine artistic quality and precise botanical accuracy.

Painted at actual size from living specimens, her subjects range enormously: from native wild flowers to rain forest exotics; from cottage garden favourites to hothouse hybrids; from fungi to fruit and vegetables.

Evelyn’s work is exhibited regularly at major horticultural and arts events, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and RHS London Winter Flower Shows. However, she also welcomes enquiries at any time for privately-commissioned pictures.

Evelyn has been awarded no fewer than seven Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals for studies of camellias, orchids, heritage vegetables, narcissi, carnivorous plants and two collections of hellebores.

She has also illustrated a variety of educational reference books for leading publishers and has been commissioned by Curtis’s Botanical Magazine to provide studies for colour plate and front cover reproduction.

Evelyn’s watercolour originals are much in demand and are bought or commissioned by collectors worldwide. Her work can be found in the collections of the RHS Lindley Library, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, The Royal Hospital Chelsea and Dr Shirley Sherwood. Evelyn also has pictures in a private Royal collection.

Evelyn Binns is also one of 70 botanical artists worldwide who were invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to submit paintings for the Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of over 120 studies of plants and flowers from His Royal Highness’s gardens in Gloucestershire. The Florilegium is also being published in a very limited edition of two hand-bound volumes in aid of The Prince’s Charities. For more information about the Highgrove Florilegium, click here.

 


Evelyn at work

 


 
  IN THE NEWS    
 

Evelyn interviewed by Rachel de Thame for BBC's 2011 Chelsea Flower Show programme

In 2011, BBC2 coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show featured an interview with Evelyn by gardening personality Rachel de Thame about how the tradition of recording plants and flowers through the medium of botanical illustration is alive and well at Chelsea. In the midst of thousands of tulip blooms on the Bloms Bulbs display in the Great Pavilion Evelyn talked about how her artistic nature and love of flowers have combined to make her one of Britain's foremost botanical artists.

 
  Stella McCartney features citrus images by Evelyn in her Summer 2011 collection

Launched at Paris Fashion Week, Stella McCartney’s Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection includes signature designs using botanical illustrations of citrus fruit, flowers and leaves by Evelyn Binns, specially commissioned by the world famous fashion designer.

Well-known for incorporating natural elements in her designs, Stella was looking for a combination of lifelike realism and intricate composition. Working closely with Stella and her team in absolute secrecy, Evelyn created a lavish and colourful - but entirely botanically accurate - large-scale arrangement in watercolour of life-size oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, clementines and kumquats with their respective foliage and flowers.

Stella McCartney’s designers and Italian mills then adapted and applied the images in various ways to create a stunning range of suits, dresses, tops and accessories that have won critical acclaim worldwide and went on sale in February 2011.

Evelyn’s citrus images feature in Stella McCartney’s
Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection

 
   
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