Exhibition: Rosie Sanders, Secret Letters

Craving some botanical inspiration? Head over to the Jonathan Cooper Gallery between the 23 September and 14 October to catch Secret Letters, an exhibition of dramatic new paintings by one of the world’s leading botanical artists, Rosie Sanders. Perhaps best known for her large and expressive painting in watercolour, Rosie’s work challenges the boundaries and perception of contemporary botanical art.

Since her previous exhibition with Jonathan Cooper in 2015, Rosie has explored the dramatic intensity of charcoal in her work and the luxuriant textures of petals emerging from darkness into light. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to compare and contrast painting in this new medium with her bold and saturated watercolours.

Many of the works in this show will be on a smaller scale, imbuing them with a sense of intimacy that draws you in for closer viewing. Each painting will be accompanied by a letter explaining its inspiration and origins, whether that may be a plant glimpsed in late afternoon light on a woodland walk, or lovingly grown in the artist’s own garden.

“I have never been particularly drawn to painting roses, finding them rather too pretty and a bit of a cliché, but it occured to me that they become a good deal more interesting and flirtatious when they have passed their prime and entered a state of whimsical eccentricity. Catching the moment is key and captuing their vitality is crucial.”

– Rosie Sanders

A summer's flower_watercolour on Arches 640gsm paper_35.62 x 30.31ins (90.5 x 77cm)_by Rosie Sanders
A Summer’s Flower, watercolour on paper (90.5 x 77cm) by Rosie Sanders

Win a Signed Copy of Rosie Sanders: Secret Letters

Our friends at the Jonathan Cooper have kindly offered us a hand-signed copy of Rosie Sanders: Secret Letters to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter for the chance to win, email selina@mcqueens.co.uk  with your name, address and why you would love to win this exclusive prize. One winner will be selected at random at the end of the month. All entrants will be entered into the McQueens mailing list.

Chiaroscuro 2_57.87 x 40.15ins (147 x 102cm)_watercolour on arches 640gsm

Chiaroscuro, watercolour on paper (147 x 102cm) by Rosie Sanders

About the Artist

Rosie Sanders lives and works in Devon. Self-taught, she has gone on to win several awards including the Royal Academy Miniature Award in 1985 and five Royal Horticultural Gold Medals. In 2008, her work was included in the inaugural exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens, and in 2016 was celebrated in the publication, Rosie Sander’s Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Art, published by Batsford Press.

A Shropshire lad_watercolour on Arches 640gsm paper_35.62 x 30.31ins (90.5 x 77cm)_by Rosie Sanders
A Shropshire Lad, watercolour on paper (90.5 x 77cm) by Rosie Sanders

About the Gallery

Jonathan Cooper, founded in 1988, is a London-based contemporary art gallery specialising in representational drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. The gallery is a member of SLAD (The Society of London Art Dealers), BADA (The British Antique Dealers Association) and regularly exhibits at international art fairs.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 6.30pm, and Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
Free admission.
Jonathan Cooper
20 Park Walk London SW10 0AQ