This new exhibition will go on display at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art from the 16th October.

(c)Zadok Ben-David

Kew Gardens have announced that award winning artist Zadok Ben-David will bring his work to the gardens for the first time for a brand new exhibition that will be on display until the 27th March 2022.

On display at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, this newly announced display is set to focus on human nature, showcasing the fragility of our shared natural world. It will include a 360-degree installation ‘Blackfield’ which is made up of over 17,000 etched flowers, each installed by hand and is being displayed for the first time in the UK.

The exhibition is also set to feature work including Winter Lights, a large sculpture outside the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Made from Corten (weathering steel), the piece takes the form of a tree comprised of interlinked human silhouettes and rusts when exposed to the elements. Elsewhere, the display will also include new wall-mounted works derived from 19th century botanical illustrations contained within Kew’s expansive archive.

Talking about the news of the exhibition, Zadok Ben-David said: “The relationship between humanity and nature is one which is central to my work. I have always been fascinated by the idea of how humans rely on nature for survival yet seem to forget this essential fact in everyday life. Presenting this new exhibition within the context of Kew as a world-leader in ecological conservation only reinforces this theme; that humans are an intrinsic part of nature rather than separate from it. I’m delighted to be able to share my work, including some new and expanded pieces with visitors to Kew, particularly as the messages of this exhibition have never felt more important.”

Alongside Zadok Ben-David: Natural Reserve, there will also be a display of paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection will be shown in Gallery 6. Elegant and enchanting – botanical art from Japan, Thailand, Korea, China and Malaysia will showcase a variety of works from contemporary artists across the Asia Pacific region. 

To find out more about what is happening at Kew Gardens visit: https://www.kew.org/