• Jul 10,2023
  • In Review
  • By Abundant Art

Review: The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2023 ‘truly blossoms at Saatchi Gallery’ 16 June – 9 July

Incredible technical skill and botanical wonderment: The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2023 truly blossoms at Saatchi Gallery. 

Returning for its third year at Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition showcases work from leading botanical artists and photographers from all over the world. Entries to the show are carefully selected by an expert panel, judging scientific accuracy and artistic skill, with prizes awarded accordingly. 

This year, the themes explored in The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2023 are varied and interesting – from the climate crisis and human impact to ‘hardy survivors’ and plants to forage. This delightful exhibition is a celebration of the delicate and intricate beauty of the natural world. 

Youngran Choi’s Lamiaceae Plant in Living Korea is a particular highlight. Here, the artist depicts the entire blooming process of the plant in a beautiful and educational display. The delicate brush strokes seamlessly blend hues and shadows, creating an ethereal quality that transports viewers to the heart of the Korean countryside. The attention to detail in these works is truly remarkable – Choi depicts every petal, leaf and stem with precision.

Throughout the exhibition, the artistic diversity on display is awe-inspiring. From traditional botanical illustrations to modern interpretations that push the boundaries of conventional representation, the exhibition captures the essence of botanical artistry in all its forms.

The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2023 at Saatchi Gallery is an exhibition that truly delights. It showcases the power of art and photography to illuminate the beauty of nature, drawing attention to the details that often go unnoticed in our fast-paced lives. This exhibition has been a delight for all and specifically for those interested in art, ecology or the natural world.

Image: Saatchi Gallery presents RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2023, 16 June – 9 July 2023.©Paul Debois

Review by Amy Melling

Amy is a Curator and Creative Producer whose practice is centred around community-led arts projects. Her current research is focused on curatorial methods for exhibiting artworks outside. Amy has a keen interest in the arts and recently completed an MA in Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.

Read Amy’s latest Review: Twelfth Night by Shakespeare in The Squares – ‘perfect way to spend a warm summer’s evening’- until 7 July – Abundant Art


Participating  artists and photographers have been awarded RHS Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver, and Bronze medals, as well as a series of special awards including ‘Best Botanical Art Exhibit’ and ‘Judge’s Special Award’.

Entries for the show have gone through a meticulous pre-selection process, where the scientific accuracy, technical skill and aesthetic appeal of the work have been reviewed by an expert judging panel.

Award-winning works this year include:

Best Botanical Art ExhibitNina Mayes for the exhibit: Macrophytes in the Emergent Zone of Britain’s Fresh Waters

Best Botanical ArtworkEunike Nugroho for the artwork: Hoya latifolia G.Don / Bold under (Sun) Stress

Judges’ Special AwardHiroko Kita for the exhibit: Japanese Cultivated Evergreen Azalea and Their Parental Species

Best Portfolio Photography ExhibitIrene Stupples for the exhibit: Faded Iris

The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show is supported by Riverstone Living. 

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