The appointed artist’s work has always been intimately associated with plants specific to the Gardens and in many instances, incorporates natural materials.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens initiated an Artist-in-residence program in 1995 to enable a person from the broad areas of visual arts, literature or performing arts to work at the Gardens for a negotiated time frame of up to one year.
The program is designed to provide artists with an opportunity to stimulate interest and understanding of their particular art form as well as heighten appreciation of the natural environment.
Eva is a full-time botanical artist and is one of only a few artists in Australia at present working on both the traditional surface of calfskin vellum in watercolour as well as clayboard in silverpoint. Both techniques, whilst challenging, allow the rendering of fine detail which is often impossible on paper and have archival qualities far surpassing that of paper. Vellum allows saturation and luminosity of colour that is hard to achieve on paper, and silverpoint on clayboard achieves both fine detail and three dimensionalities that are impossible to replicate on paper.
Eva will incorporate modern techniques of composition, during her residency to prepare a number of works in readiness for the 250th Anniversary of the 1770 voyage of Captain Cook and botanical cataloguing by naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, together with artist Sydney Parkinson, up the east coast of Australia.
Follow Eva's residency in the gardens on Instagram @evarichards.art and Facebook Eva Richards- Botanical Art.
If you are interested in becoming the artist in residence or would like more information, send an email.