ART ON THE MOVE Touring Exhibition Botanica is a collection of fine art photography by John E. Maloney, which brings to life the beautiful flowers first collected in the late 18th and early 19th centuries around the Australian coast.
Maloney is drawn to photograph banksia’s as he describes, “Because they are a way of preserving rare natural history, and capturing the intricate beauty in fine detail, of the world around us.”
Digital photography and contemporary digital printing processes have provided a new media for scientists, botanical artists, and artists with contemporary ways in which to capture images. In this exhibition there are twenty-two square format canvases that illustrate the textures, colours and fine details of flowers in close-up.
The artist’s macro photographs depict the rich diversity of Australian flora. Botanica transports the viewer back to the early 1770’s when botanist’s Joseph Banks (in NSW) and later Robert Brown (in WA) landed on Australian soil and collected samples of previously unknown species of plants. Audiences will experience the variety and splendour of the genus that was first discovered on Australian soil. Maloney has captured the unique characteristics of sixteen species of banksia in this exhibition, along with a series of abstracted images focusing on finer details of banksia blooms and flowering cacti.
Botanica has been exhibited in the USA, Italy and Sydney and now has returned to Western Australia for a statewide tour.
Botanica is curated, coordinated and proudly presented by John E. Maloney.
This tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE.
ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.