Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality

Kew Gardens , Kew Sunday May 12 2013 9:30 - 19:30
Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality
© Rory McEwen Rory McEwen, The Colours of Reality, Kew
Depending on who you speak to, Rory McEwen is either best known as a botanical artist, or as a folk musician. The Scotsman started out as the latter and, together with his brother Alex McEwen, spent the 1950s touring the US, putting out albums and playing TV gigs including slots on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and 'Tonight'. In the mid-1960s, he decided to focus on his visual arts career, particularly botanical art. He went on to become an influential botanical artist and this exhibition is dedicated to his exemplary paintings and illustrations. Works range from the 1950s-1982 (the year McEwen passed away aged 50) and include pieces on loan from his family and private collectors. His impact on botanical art will also be explored, and work by fellow artists will be on display.


Venue name: Kew Gardens
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens
Opening hours: Mar 27-Aug 29 Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm, Sat, Sun and bank holidays 10am-7.30pm; Aug 30-Oct 29 daily 10am-6pm; Oct 30-Feb 10 2017 daily 10am-3.45pm; Feb 11-May 25 2017 daily 10am-5.30pm. Closed Dec 24 and 25. (Last entry 30 minutes before closing, some attractions close earlier, check on arrival.)
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens/Kew Bridge rail
Price: Admission inc with museum entry, price TBC