Top left to right: LORRAINE BIGGS, Pandanus IV (detail) 2019 oil on canvas 168 x 81 cm PENNY BURNETT, Botanica 10 (nature nurture) (detail) 2019 oil on Japanese maple 36.5 x 30 cm. Bottom left to right: OCHRE LAWSON, Lake Tahune Green Fringe (detail) 2019 oil on board 120 x 91 cm,  MAGGIE JEFFRIES, Blue Gum (detail) 2019 oil on canvas 150 x 122 cm.


Ochre Lawson | Maggie Jeffries | Lorraine Biggs | Penny Burnett

26 JUNE  - 21 JULY 2019

Despard is proud to present BOTANICA, a group exhibition that brings together a diverse group of women artists, each exploring the magic and intrigue of the botanical world.

Lorraine Biggs investigates the botanical from a taxonomic perspective, focusing on plants as curious single object specimens.  Her paintings explore the fragile biodiversity of Cradle Mountain National Park, including threats of global warming and wildfire.  
Ochre Lawson uses paint to explore her personal relationship to the landscape. This includes using paint to interpret the diversity and uniqueness of Australia’s wilderness areas, in all its immensity and awesome complexity.  
Maggie Jeffries explores the intricate connection between human and nature, including how plants often hold symbolic importance.  Through her work, Maggie considers these connections, including its link to identity and personal narrative.    
Penny Burnett considers her work a personal collection of Botanica moments, capturing a curiosity to see beyond nature’s hidden powers.  These are not limited by site, but a reflection on various unexpected experiences, both at home and abroad.  

Please join us on Wednesday 26 June at 5:30 pm to help celebrate the compelling work of these four artists. 




Despard Gallery
03 6223 8266

LORRAINE BIGGS Fronds 2019 oil on canvas 30 x 50 cm
OCHRE LAWSON Mountain Tea Tree 2019 Oil on board 120 x 91 cm
PENNY BURNETT Botanica 8 (Plant Hunters Huddle 2019 Oil on Japanese maple 36.5 x 30 cm
MAGGIE JEFFRIES Rhododendron 2019 Oil on canvas 150 x 122 cm

Despard Gallery
Level One
15 Castray Esplanade 

+61 03 6223 8266
0419 355 758