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MARTINE CHRISTELLE ROBINSON
 
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As a child growing up on a farm in the Koo Valley in the district of Montagu, Western Cape, Martine loved walking in the mountains with her dad and learning about the different plants. Her formal art studies began at the Hugo Naudé Art Centre when she was a learner at High School Worcester, matriculating in 1984 with a distinction in Art HG (painting). After school, she studied for a degree in Architecture at the University of the Free State and graduated in 1989. It was during that time that her interest in botanical art started and she was approached by the Montagu Museum to do a series of illustrations of medicinal indigenous herbs of the district. Martine worked as an Architect for the firm Gabriel Fagan Architects, Cape Town, from 1989 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2017, when she worked mainly on the Restoration and subsequent repair and maintenance contracts of the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.

Martine's style of botanical art in watercolour became more refined and detailed after attending Master Classes in Botanical Art by Katie Lee (USA) in 1998 and Jenny Phillips (Australia) in 1999. She participated in the Inaugural Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2000 and was awarded bronze medals at the Kirstenbosch Biennale 2002, 2004 and 2008. Her artworks are found in many private collections.

Robinson is a member of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA).
 
EXHIBITIONS & TRAINING

1989
B. Arch degree in Architecture, University of the Free State.

1990
Group Exhibition of Watercolour Group of Western Cape in Circle Centre, Somerset West, watercolour botanical paintings of indigenous flora.

1993
OCTOBER Solo exhibition of watercolours of indigenous medicinal herbs at the opening of the indigenous medicinal herb garden at the Joubert House, Montagu.
DECEMBER Group Exhibition of Worcester Artists in Hugo Naudé Art Gallery: watercolours and ink sketches of wild flowers and historical houses.

1997
Launching of postcards of watercolours on indigenous medicinal herbs by the Montagu Museum.

1998
Orient- Express Master Classes in Botanical Art with Katie Lee (USA), arranged by Dr Shirley Shirwood.

1999
APRIL Group Exhibition of Watercolour Group of Western Cape in Circle Centre, Somerset West, watercolour miniatures.
SEPTEMBER Orient- Express Master Classes in Botanical Art (Advanced) with Jenny Phillips (Australia), arranged by Dr Shirley Shirwood.

2000
Inaugural Kirstenbosch Biennale: Group exhibition of Southern African botanical art, watercolour botanical paintings of indigenous flora.
Gladiolus miniatus (1999), Gladiolus liliaceus (1999), Pelargonium peltatum (1999), Cotyledon orbiculata (1999), Nerine sarniensis (1999) and Corycium sp. (1999).

2002
Kirstenbosch Biennale: Group exhibition of Southern African botanical art, watercolour botanical paintings of indigenous flora.
Satyrium carneum (2002), Corycium sp. (2002), Haemanthus sp. (2002), and Amaryllis belladonna (2002).

2004
Kirstenbosch Biennale: Group exhibition of Southern African botanical art, watercolour botanical paintings of indigenous flora.Gladiolus floribundus: Little Karoo (2004), Freesia refracta: Little Karoo (2004), Amarylis belladonna: Western Cape (2004), Cyrtanthus elatus (Knysna lily: South and Eastern Cape (2004), Nerine Bowdenii: Eastern Cape & KZN (2004) and Gasteria acinacifolia: Southern Cape coast (2004)

2008
Kirstenbosch Biennale: Group exhibition of Southern African botanical art, watercolour botanical paintings of indigenous flora.
Lachenalia hybrid (2008) Satyrium erectum (2008), Lachenalia bulbifera (2008), and Lachenalia aloides (2008).

2018-2019
Art Curator Gallery, Lourensford Estate, Somerset West: watercolour botanical paintings of Cyrtanthus elatus (2018), Lachenalia bulbifera (2018) and Lachenalia aloides (2018).

2019
MAY Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch: watercolour botanical paintings of Cyrtanthus elatus (2018), Lachenalia bulbifera (2018) and Lachenalia aloides (2018).
JULY Jaco Joubert (BAASA Chair) and myself were interviewed by Martelize Brink and Johan Rademan on the RSG radio programme Oggend about botanical art and the role it plays in plays in the documention of endangered species ahead of the Tipping Point Exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum.
Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, Tipping Point: Threatened Plants of Southern Africa: BAASA WC Group exhibition of Southern African botanical art. Watercolour botanical paintings of Ixia versicolor (2018), Babiana villosula with bulb (2018), Babiana villosula on granite boulder (2018), Nerine bowdenii (2004).
OCTOBER Odeon theater, KWV Building, Long Street Montagu: Talk on “The Beauty of Botanical Art”.
Montagu Rose and Garden Festival, KWV building, Long Street, Montagu. Solo exhibition of botanical art.

2019-2020
Four watercolour botanical paintings commissioned for the Grootbos Floreligium, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Gansbaai: Brunsvigia orientalis, Gladiolus meridionalis, Tritoniopsis pulchra and Pelargonium elegans.

2020
Full Circle: Lady Tait returns to Kirstenbosch: BAASA WC group exhibition in conjunction with the Lady Cynthia Tait (1894-1962) collection, Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch NBG. Watercolour botanical paintings of Pelargonium burgerianum (2019) and Lachenalia bulbifera (2018).

2020-2021
Biome of Beauty, Imibala Gallery, Drostdy Hotel, 30 Church Street, Graaff - Reinet. Group exhibition of Southern African botanical art. Watercolour botanical paintings of Ixia versicolor (2018), Babiana villosula on granite boulder (2018), Sparaxis elegans (2020). https://imibala.com/biome-of-beauty-exhibition/

AWARDS

2002
National Botanical Institute: The Kirstenbosch medal: Bronze for botanical art at Kirstenbosch Biennale.

2004
National Botanical Institute: The Kirstenbosch medal: Bronze for botanical art at Kirstenbosch Biennale.

2008
SA National Biodiversity Institute: The Kirstenbosch medal: Bronze for botanical art at Kirstenbosch Biennale.

PUBLICATIONS

1988
Commissioned by the Montagu Museum to do watercolour illustrations for a book on indigenous medicinal herbs in the Montagu district, which was unfortunately never published.

1993
Kruierate van die Montagu Museum, Montagu Museum, Langstraat Montagu, Tweede hersiende uitgawe.

1997
Postcards of watercolours of indigenous medicinal herbs, Montagu Museum, Langstraat Montagu.

1998
Herbal Remedies of Montagu Museum, Montagu Museum, Long Street Montagu, Second revised English Edition, 1998.

2005
Botanical Society of South Africa - Birthday Calendar & Calendar of Botanical Art (Amarylis belladonna: Western Cape, 2004).

2019
Herbal Remedies of Montagu Museum, Montagu Museum, Long Street Montagu, Fourth revised Edition, 1998. (Afrikaans and English translations).

2020
Botanical Society of South Africa - Birthday Calendar (Babiana villosula on granite boulder, 2018).
Botanical Society of South Africa - Calendar of Botanical Art (Babiana villosula on granite boulder, 2018).

2021
Botanical Society of South Africa - Calendar of Botanical Art (Protea pityphylla, 2019).

2022
Botanical Society of South Africa - Calendar of Botanical Art (Sparaxis elegans, 2020).

 


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Artist: MARTINE ROBINSON
Title: Babiana villosula 2018
Size: 38,5 x 28,5 cm
Media: Watercolour
ID:27384
Price: R 14 875 Framed

According to Martine, “Over the years I have developed a particular interest in bulbous plants, especially of the Western Cape and of Somerset West, where I live. During the winter months many bulbous plants that were lying dormant during the hot summer, sprout new leaves and colour our world with spectacular flowers, large and small with some species being on the SANBI Red Data list of endangered plants.”

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