cambridge contemporary art

Gael Sellwood

Gael Sellwood has worked as a botanical and natural history artist for about twenty five years.  She uses material from her extensive conservation garden, which provides much of her inspiration.  With formal qualifications both in botanical illustration and business skills she combines painting with some teaching.  Painting is now her main occupation.

Gael’s work details found natural objects, affected, renounced and used by nature. Usually working in watercolour on paper or vellum, her paintings take the viewer to the hedgerow, wayside or garden, recreating a season, a feeling, a scent or an experience for posterity.  Her favourite subjects are often dried, curled and care worn, rather than pristine and perfect.  She focuses on creating texture and flowing forms in her work.

A Gold Medal winner with both the RHS and the Caledonian RHS and a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Gael has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In 2014 she was awarded both a Gold Medal by the RHS and the coveted ‘best in show’ award for best botanical exhibit; this was for a series of hydrangeas in autumn and winter.  She has work in the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA, in the RHS collection at the Lindley Library, and in the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood, as well as numerous private collections at home and abroad.

Meet the Artist... click here to read our interview with Gael Sellwood

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £360-£850


 Rosa mutabilis  watercolour on natural calfskin  Image size: 27x18  £720  (framed)   

Rosa mutabilis

watercolour on natural calfskin

Image size: 27x18

£720  (framed)

 

Ivy Leaves and Bumble Bee

Frame size: 43cm x 52 cm

image size: 25cm x 33 cm

£650

Tortoiseshell and pear

watercolour on calfskin

25 x 40 cm

£860 (framed)

 

 

 

 

The Rose and the Woodpecker

watercolour on calfskin

21.5 x 12.5 cm

£720 (framed)

 

 Muscari macrocarpum,   watercolour on manuscript vellum  image size: 24x19cm  £720 (framed)

Muscari macrocarpum, 

watercolour on manuscript vellum

image size: 24x19cm

£720 (framed)

 The last medlars  watercolour on natural calfskin  Image size: 12.5x16.5cm  £474  (unframed)               

The last medlars

watercolour on natural calfskin

Image size: 12.5x16.5cm

£474  (unframed)

 

 

 

 

 

Daffodil and Bud

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

12 x17 cm

£360 (framed)

 

Buff Beauty and Comma 

Frame size: 43cm x 52 cm

image size: 25cm x 33 cm

£650

The Oak Gall

Watercolour on natural calfskin vellum

£850  (framed)

 

 

 Rosa glauca hips  watercolour on natural calfskin  Image size: 17x21cm  £550  (framed)                  

Rosa glauca hips

watercolour on natural calfskin

Image size: 17x21cm

£550  (framed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holly and the Ivy

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

30 x 33.5 cm

£360 (framed)

 

 

 

 

Palimpsest Fir Cone

Watercolour on natural parchment

£550  (framed)

 

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Sold:

My Heart's beside the Sea

watercolour on paper

18 x 20.5cm

SOLD

 

 

Fritillaria Meleagris

Watercolour on natural calfskin vellum

SOLD

 

 

 Norfolk hips  watercolour on natural calfskin  Image size: 12.5x16.5cm  SOLD

Norfolk hips

watercolour on natural calfskin

Image size: 12.5x16.5cm

SOLD

WP Milner (Narcissus)

watercolour on calfskin

24.5 x 19.5 cm

SOLD

Lantern Bug

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

12 x 11 cm

SOLD

‘Pashley Manor’ and the Feather

watercolour on calfskin

21.5 x 12.5 cm

SOLD

 Daffodil trio,   watercolour on natural calfskin  image size: 16x20cm  SOLD

Daffodil trio, 

watercolour on natural calfskin

image size: 16x20cm

SOLD

 ‘Out soon’  watercolour on natural calfskin   Image size:12.5x16.5cm  SOLD         

‘Out soon’

watercolour on natural calfskin 

Image size:12.5x16.5cm

SOLD

 

 

 

 Spring finds  watercolour on natural calfskin  Image 24x17cm  SOLD   

Spring finds

watercolour on natural calfskin

Image 24x17cm

SOLD

 

Sign of the Times September

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

16.5 x 12 cm

SOLD

 

 

 

Christmas Rose, Mistletoe and Holly

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

14.5 x 15.5 cm

SOLD