Inspired by Rothschild Species

Creatures & Creations: Art by Platon H and designs by Mary Katrantzou inspired by Rothschild species, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, until 29th October 2017 (Wed-Sun)

Lionel Walter Rothschild and a tortoise, early 20th century;
Waddesdon (Rothschild Family) Photo © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The inspiration for this exhibition that combines digital art, fashion and animal specimens is Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild and nephew of Waddesdon’s builder Ferdinand. Walter who lived at Tring Park. He was fascinated by natural sciences – birds, butterflies and giant tortoises. He even had zebras trained to draw his carriage. He was held in esteem and many species – creatures and plants – were named after him and known as ‘Rothschildi’.

Creatures & Creations, Waddesdon Manor.
Photo Derek Pelling (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

 

Designs by Mary Katrantzou, Creatures and Creations, Waddesdon Manor.
Photo Mike Fear (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor (50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourteen Rothschild species – birds, butterflies and insects – have been the inspiration for the Greek artist Platon H’s digital collages which use their abstract natural patterns while the noted fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has created three couture gowns that celebrate the beauty of their nature. Combine this with specimens from the Natural History Museum at Tring, originally founded by Walter and opened in 1892 and it is an exhibition of wide appeal and imagination!

Galapagos Giant Tortoise from Tring Natural History Museum, Creatures and Creations, Waddesdon Manor.
Photo Mike Fear (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor (14)

waddesdon.org.uk

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring

 

Panter & Hall

Mike Bernard ‘Recent Paintings’, Panter & Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London, SW1, until 13th March 2015

Mike Bernard RI Piccadilly, Evening mixed media on canvas 16 x 20 ins (41 x 51 cms) (C)

Mike Bernard RI
Piccadilly, Evening
mixed media on canvas
16 x 20 ins (41 x 51 cms)
(C)

This is Bernard’s first solo show for three years. He has a distinctive, original style in which he uses mixed media –watercolour, oil and a collage of cut printed paper. The result is a rich mixture of light, texture and the semi-abstract which combine together bring a great sense of place. It is no wonder that other artists copy his techniques.

Mike Bernard RI Portofino, Summer mixed media on canvas 20 x 30 ins (51 x 76 cms) (C)

Mike Bernard RI
Portofino, Summer
mixed media on canvas
20 x 30 ins (51 x 76 cms)
(C)

 

http://www.panterandhall.com

Installation View, Mike Bernard RI (C)

Installation View, Mike Bernard RI
(C)