Biography

Silver-Gilt Medallist - RHS London Botanical Art Show 2015 for an exhibit of The Black & White of Colour

In November 2009 Guy William Eves was elected as a painting member of The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, and in February 2013 was made a Fellow of the Society and Editor of their Newsletter.

He was in 2011 elected as a full member of the Society of Botanical Artists, having received a Highly Commended Award at the Society's Open Show in 2010. Also at the 2011 SBA Open Show he gained The President's Award for his whole body of work in a media other than watercolour and a Certificate of Botanical Merit judged by Maureen Lazarus from the Department of Biodiversity and Systematic Biology at the National Museum, Wales. He is also a tutor on their Distant Learning Diploma Course.

Guy had two pieces accepted into the 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, USA. The exhibition ran from September - December 2010 and is held every three years. It featured 110 works from just 72 artists representing 15 countries. Both pieces are now held in their permanent collection.

Suffolk born Guy has had drawing in his blood since a very early age. He converted a drafty old garden shed into a studio and spent many a childhood hour there until the cold set in.

His natural talent gained him a studentship at the Ipswich School of Art in the 70's, the era of local greats Colin Moss, Bernard Reynolds, Lawrence Self, et al. Graduating in 1978, Guy chose to pursue a career in design initially working at the prestigious Oxford University Press for several years before joining an advertising consultancy, finally returning to his Ipswich roots in 1987. Here he set up his own freelance design and illustration practice, and it is in recent years that he has been able to dedicate more time to his first love of botanical drawing.

His plant and flower drawings are all living specimens, drawn in complete isolation from their natural habitat. By choosing to omit any signs of background, container or supporting structure, Guy ensures that the viewer's eye is never detracted from the main focus of attention : the subject.

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