It’s Waterhouse time

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Rainbow lorikeets
“Rainbow lorikeets and black bean” by Heidi Willis, Finalist – works on paper.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is, in the words of the South Australian Museum, “a unique opportunity for talented artists to immerse themselves in the wonders of science”.

The exhibition was launched, with much fanfare and a welcome speech by our very own Professor Andy Lowe, at the Museum on Friday 19th July, and opened to the public the day after.

This is the 11th year of the Waterhouse, and, as in previous years, the standards are high. There are 3 basic categories: paintings, works on paper, and sculpture and objects, with two extra prizes for youth and overall winners.

“Azure kingfisher” by Belinda Kurczok, Finalist – paintings.

It’s well worth a visit, because as well as seeing some great interpretations of science and natural history, you’ll also get to see the works of some of Australia’s best artists. Not to mention the fact that you’ll also be supporting the South Australian Museum, which not only presents exhibitions, but also houses collections and does scientific research: the latter fact is little known outside the scientific work, but I’ll be talking about this in more detail later this year.

So here are a couple of examples from the 102 artworks that make up the exhibition. It was only after I’d put them both in the post that I realised both were birds, but you’ll have to live with that, because I think they’re gorgeous (both birds and paintings), and show a strong feeling for both plant and bird life. And you know I’ve always got a soft spot for lorikeets.

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