ORBIS VITAE: RAYMOND BOOTH 1929-2015

18 November - 23 December 2016
Overview

This exhibition follows Raymond Booth's memorial exhibition held at The Fine Art Society in London in the summer and features a selection of 12 detailed studies of plants and animals from Adel Woods from where he drew inspiration for much of his career.

 

An intensely private man, Raymond Booth was immersed in his own world of poetry, plant cultivation, and the natural history of the few square miles around Adel Woods on the outskirts of his native Leeds.

His relationship with The Fine Art Society lasted for over 50 years and in this time he produced a plethora of works, which now belong to both public and private collections the world over. Predominantly a self-taught painter and draughtsman, Booth honed his abilities whilst recuperating in a sanatorium after contracting Tuberculosis in his youth. It is here in his enforced leisure that he developed his skill for botanical studies and he began to submit work for exhibitions. A fusion of technical skill and a keen eye, with a deep passion for nature and solitude, Booth’s genius rested in the intimate relationship that existed between himself and his subjects. 

Press release

An intensely private man, Raymond Booth was immersed in his own world of poetry, plant cultivation, and the natural history of the few square miles around Adel Woods on the outskirts of his native Leeds.

His relationship with The Fine Art Society lasted for over 50 years and in this time he produced a plethora of works, which now belong to both public and private collections the world over. Predominantly a self-taught painter and draughtsman, Booth honed his abilities whilst recuperating in a sanatorium after contracting Tuberculosis in his youth. It is here in his enforced leisure that he developed his skill for botanical studies and he began to submit work for exhibitions. A fusion of technical skill and a keen eye, with a deep passion for nature and solitude, Booth’s genius rested in the intimate relationship that existed between himself and his subjects. 

This exhibition follows Raymond Booth's memorial exhibition held at The Fine Art Society in London in the summer and features a selection of 12 detailed studies of plants and animals from Adel Woods from where he drew inspiration for much of his career.