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Rory McEwen: man of many talents — and among the greatest of all flower painters

McEwen’s extraordinary botanical works, beautifully illustrated in this volume from Kew, glow with life and individuality that repay the closest scrutiny

25 July 2015

9:00 AM

25 July 2015

9:00 AM

Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality with an introduction by Jools Holland

Kew Gardens, pp.240, £35, ISBN: 9781842465912

It seems odd that a singer, musician, television performer and sculptor who typified the 1960s as vividly as Rory McEwen should now be known principally for his botanical paintings. From the early 1950s until his tragically early death in 1982 he was everywhere and knew everyone, but as The Colours of Reality shows, McEwen was never more himself than when working within the discipline and timeless tradition of an art form that links him with the greatest flower painters of the past.

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