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 £120-£2000.


 Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Renate Steiniger’  watercolour on paper  30 x 43 cm image  53 x 68 cm framed  £1800

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Renate Steiniger’

watercolour on paper

30 x 43 cm image

53 x 68 cm framed

£1800

Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Enziandom'

watercolour on paper

30 x 43 cm image

53 x 68 cm framed

£1800

 Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Mme Emile Mouillere’  watercolour on paper  30 x 43 cm image  53 x 68 cm framed  £1800

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Mme Emile Mouillere’

watercolour on paper

30 x 43 cm image

53 x 68 cm framed

£1800

 Hydrangea Macrophylla Pimpernel  watercolour on paper  30 x 43 cm image  53 x 68 cm framed  £2000

Hydrangea Macrophylla Pimpernel

watercolour on paper

30 x 43 cm image

53 x 68 cm framed

£2000

 

Hydrangea from Preston Hall

graphite on paper

28 x 25 cm image

51 x 48 cm framed

£560

 

Roses

Rosa Reconciliation

watercolour on paper

21 x 21 cm image

44 x 44 cm framed

£595

 

Rosa Reconciliation from Behind

watercolour on paper

21 x 18 cm image

44 x 41 cm paper

£720

Rosa Grace

watercolour on paper

21 x 21 cm image

44 x 44 cm framed

£595

Rosa Munstead Wood

watercolour on paper

24 x 24 cm image

47 x 47 cm framed

SOLD

The Deep Red Guinee

watercolour on paper

38 x 34 cm image

61 x 57 cm framed

£1200

SOLD

 

Still in Love

watercolour on paper

39 x 32 cm image

62 x 55 cm framed

£1100

Rosa Guinee

watercolour on paper

31 x 31 cm image

54 x 54 cm framed

£880

Rose in Summer and Autumn

watercolour on paper

29 x 31 cm image

52 x 55 cm framed

SOLD

Rosa Farruca

watercolour on paper

31 x 31 cm image

54 x 54 cm framed

£880

Pashley Manor and the Mistletoe

watercolour on paper

18 x 21 cm image

41 x 44 cm framed

£595

 
 Rosa Mutabilis  watercolour on vellum  27 x 18 cm image  50 x 41 cm framed  sold

Rosa Mutabilis

watercolour on vellum

27 x 18 cm image

50 x 41 cm framed

sold

 

Irises

 Iris Study: Iris Deep Black  watercolour on paper  44 x 40 cm image  67 x 63 cm framed  £2000

Iris Study: Iris Deep Black

watercolour on paper

44 x 40 cm image

67 x 63 cm framed

£2000

 Iris Recogniton III Cimarron Strip  watercolour on vellum  21 x 21 cm image  45 x 45 cm framed  £720

Iris Recogniton III Cimarron Strip

watercolour on vellum

21 x 21 cm image

45 x 45 cm framed

£720

 Iris Study: The Butterscotch Iris  watercolour on paper  44 x 40 cm image  67 x 63 cm framed  £2000

Iris Study: The Butterscotch Iris

watercolour on paper

44 x 40 cm image

67 x 63 cm framed

£2000

 Iris Recogniton I Quechee  watercolour on vellum  21 x 21 cm image  45 x 45 cm framed  £720

Iris Recogniton I Quechee

watercolour on vellum

21 x 21 cm image

45 x 45 cm framed

£720

Iris Recognition V Red Orchid

watercolour on natural calfskin vellum

frame 45cm x 45cm

image 21.5cm x 21.5cm

£720 framed

 Iris Recogniton IV Benton Caramel  watercolour on vellum  21 x 21 cm image  45 x 45 cm framed  £720

Iris Recogniton IV Benton Caramel

watercolour on vellum

21 x 21 cm image

45 x 45 cm framed

£720

Iris Recognition VI Superstition

Watercolour on vellum

45 x 45cm framed

21.5 x 21.5cm image

£720 framed

 Iris Recogniton II Langport Wren  watercolour on vellum  21 x 21 cm image  45 x 45 cm framed  £720

Iris Recogniton II Langport Wren

watercolour on vellum

21 x 21 cm image

45 x 45 cm framed

£720

Other Work on Vellum

Digitalis Purpurea et Bombus Hortorum

watercolour on vellum

22 x 17 cm image

39 x 45 cm framed

£720

SOLD

Rose, Thrush Egg and Feather

watercolour on vellum

25 x 15 cm image

48 x 38 cm framed

SOLD

Hellebores, Pheasant Feather and Snail

watercolour on vellum

25 x 15 cm image

48 x 38 cm framed

£720

 Rosa Glauca Hips  watercolour on vellum  17 x 21 cm image  40 x 44 cm framed  £660

Rosa Glauca Hips

watercolour on vellum

17 x 21 cm image

40 x 44 cm framed

£660

 
 Muscari Macrocarpum  watercolour on vellum  24 x 19 cm image  47 x 42 cm framed  £660

Muscari Macrocarpum

watercolour on vellum

24 x 19 cm image

47 x 42 cm framed

£660

 The Last Medlars  watercolour on vellum  13 x 17 cm image  36 x 40 cm framed  SOLD

The Last Medlars

watercolour on vellum

13 x 17 cm image

36 x 40 cm framed

SOLD

Holly and Ribbon

watercolour on vellum

12 x 14 cm image

35 x 38 cm framed

SOLD

 

Other Work on Paper

Foxglvoe 'Alba' The White Ghost

watercolour on paper

18 x 22 cm image

41 x 45 cm framed

£890

Foxglove Sutton’s Apricot

watercolour on paper

32 x 49 cm image

55 x 74 cm framed

£1500

Foxglove 'Excelsior' Sherbet Lemon

watercolour on paper

18 x 22 cm image

41 x 45 cm framed

£890


Spring Posy I

watercolour on paper

23 x 35 cm image

36 x 59 cm framed

SOLD

 

Heracleum in Winter Coat

watercolour on paper

32 x 49 cm image

55 x 74 cm framed

£1500

Spring Posy II

watercolour on paper

23 x 35 cm image

36 x 59 cm framed

SOLD

Seaweed and Seahorse

watercolour on paper

30 x 20 cm image

53 x 43 cm framed

£960

From Scottish Shores

watercolour on paper

46 x 58 cm image

62 x 72 cm framed

£2000

Bramley's Seedling Apple

watercolour on paper

20 x 16 cm image

43 x 40 cm framed

SOLD

Magnolia Grandiflora

watercolour on paper

22 x 24 cm image

35 x 47 cm framed

£800

 

Willow Pattern Cup and Quinces

watercolour on paper

38 x 22 cm image

61 x 45 cm framed

£1600

Tulipa Trio II ‘Estella Rijnveld’

watercolour on paper

40 x 44 cm image

63 x 67 cm framed

£1800

 

The Bauble II

watercolour on paper

20 x 14 cm image

40 x 36 cm framed

£395

Tulipa Trio I ‘La Belle Epoque’

watercolour on paper

40 x 44 cm image

63 x 67 cm framed

£1800

Cone of the Stone Pine

watercolour on paper

22 x 24 cm image

35 x 47 cm framed

£900

Eriobotrya Japonica

watercolour on paper

25 x 37 cm image

48 x 62 cm framed

£800

Eastern White Pine Cone

watercolour on paper

22 x 24 cm image

35 x 47 cm framed

£900

Mistletoe Honesty and Snowdrop

watercolour on paper

25 x 15 cm image

48 x 38 cm framed

SOLD

Needle and Hook

watercolour on paper

16 x 11 cm image

SOLD

Prints

Norfolk Lane

etching

14 x 21 cm image

33 x 41 cm framed

SOLD

Alchemilla Moon

etching

10 x 14 cm image

33 x 39 cm framed

£150

Vicia II

etching

14 x 21 cm image

33 x 41 cm framed

£120

 

Previous Work (available on request)

Tortoiseshell and pear

watercolour on calfskin

25 x 40 cm

£860 (framed)

Daffodil and Bud

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

12 x17 cm

£360 (framed)

The Rose and the Woodpecker

watercolour on calfskin

21.5 x 12.5 cm

£720 (framed)

Palimpsest Fir Cone

Watercolour on natural parchment

£550 (framed)

Buff Beauty and Comma

Frame size: 43cm x 52 cm

image size: 25cm x 33 cm

£650

 

The Holly and the Ivy

watercolour on kelmscott vellum

30 x 33.5 cm

£360 (framed)

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