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ARTISTS | Andrew Seward


Andrew Seward was born in Melbourne in 1967 and completed studies in fine art and the history and philosophy of science in 1992.

His practice is primarily concerned with rendering delicate pencil drawings, usually at 1:1 scale, of native specimens of foliage and seaweed. His exquisitely detailed works encourage intimacy, rewarding the patient viewer with an experience beyond the sublime. Seward’s practice draws on his close connection with nature and his personal interest in exploring Australia’s national parks by foot.

Seward was one of a small handful of contemporary artists selected for the landmark exhibition 300 years of Botanical Art, curated by Ballarat Fine Art Gallery in 2012, due in large part to his work being recognised internationally in collections such as the Natural History Museum, London, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London), The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh and in Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria, among others.

Artwork by Andrew Seward








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Andrew Seward

Born 1967, Melbourne, Australia



2016         The Studio, Gallerysmith

2014         New Works, Gallerysmith

2013         Helium Ear, Outward Projects, Launceston

2012         Second Line, Gallerysmith

2010         Show, Gallerysmith, Galleries 2 and 3

2009         Seaweed Studies, Gallerysmith, Gallery 2

2008         Three cyanotypes, Gallerysmith, Gallery 3

2006         Silva, Horsham Regional Art Gallery

2004-05    A Botanical Album, Geelong Art Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

2000         Natural Symbols, West Space, Melbourne

1999         On the Verge, Platform, Spencer Street Station

1995         Alice Rawson, Photographer and Me, Platform2, Campbell Arcade

1994         Looking at the Whale, Apollo Bay, January 2, 1994, 200 Gertrude Street

A Year That’s Blue, Microscope Gallery, Melbourne

1993         Set, Temple Studios, Melbourne



National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Regional Art Gallerysmith
Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat

Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art, Art Gallery of Ballarat

Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of NSW
13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Constellation: 200 small drawings, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

Dobell Prize for Drawing
, Art Gallery of NSW

Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
Out of Many, One, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Rebirth, Gallerysmith
Sowing a Seed, Melbourne University
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Works on Paper Award, MPRG

Why the Tree? Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Castlemaine State Festival
Shrine on You Crazy Diamond, Platform2, Melbourne
Urban Arboreal, City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall
The Culture of Nature, Ord Minnett Gallery

The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Works on Paper Award, MPRG
Reunion, A4 Art, West Space, Melbourne
Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

This and Other Worlds: Contemporary Australian Drawing, NGV, Ian Potter Centre
The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
Kedumba Drawing Award, Wentworth Falls, NSW

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Works on Paper Award, MPRG
The Conceptual Reconstruction of Brunswick, Counihan Gallery

First Impressions; Contemporary Australian Photograms, NGV, Ian Potter Centre
The Kedumba Drawing Award
The Geelong Print Prize, Geelong Art Gallery

The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

Arbor vitae, with Ruth Parry, Alice Euphemia

Pivot 5: About Photography, CAST, Hobart, Launceston
Deacons, Graham & James Award 2000, Ian Potter Museum of Art
The Art of Botanical Illustration, Mueller Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens

Out of Place, Federation Square Hoardings
DIY: Melbourne Artist Run Spaces, Monash University, Art and Design Gallery
Darebin-La Trobe Art Prize, Bundoora Park Homestead

The Art of Botanical Illustration, Mueller Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Garth, West Space, Melbourne

After Image: Painting Photography, Centre for Contemporary Photography, national tour 1996- 97
Chinese Whispers, Chinese Museum, Melbourne
Public Address, Errol Street Billboard Project

Platform, Villa Spinola, Genoa, Italy

My Time: Spaces of Lunch and Waiting out West, West Space
Don’t Stop, Linden Gallery and Geelong Art Gallery

Loop: Part One (a Critical Cities Project), Longford Cinema, Melbourne
VITAE, A.I.P. #7, RMIT Faculty Gallery

Supermart, Blaxland Gallery, Myer Melbourne

Twelve Logos, 200 Gertrude Street



–               Nicole Middleton, Sowing a Seed, ex cat, 2008

–               David Hansen, Urban Arboreal, ex cat, 2007

–               Kirstin Rann, (un) Nature, ex cat, 2007

–               Din Heagney (ed.) Making Space: Artist Run Initiatives in Victoria, VIA-N, 2007

–               Carmel Riordan, Silva 2005 – 06, Flemington Kensington News, Autumn 07, p16

–               Kirsty Grant, This and Other Worlds, ex cat, Council of Trustees NGV, 2005

–               Robert Nelson, Sightlines, The Age, Friday 3 September 2004, A3 p8

–               First Impressions: Contemporary Australian Photograms, ex cat, NGV, 2003

–               Simon Cuthbert, Pivot 5: About Photography, ex cat, 2000

–               DX Raiden, Interview, ETC Montreal, No. 49, March, April, May 2000, pp.70 – 75

–               The Wonder of Wild Things, The Flemington Kensington News, p15

–               Rachel Buchannan, Call of the Wild, The Age, 10 July 1999, News Extra, p.8

–               Anna King Murdoch, Botanicus perspectus, The Age, 23 June 1999, Today, p.6

–               Art Almanac cover image, June 1999

–               Like Art Magazine, artists pages, Number Seven, summer 1998 / 99

–               Carmel Taig, Garth, Like Art Magazine, Number Seven, summer 1998 / 99

–               Tim Sowden, After Image, Art and Text, No. 54, 1996, p.86

–               Darrelle Chng, How to Paint Lan, ex cat essay, Chinese Whispers, 1996

–               Robert Rooney, After Image, The Australian, 15 March, 1996

–               Robert Nelson, Painting Photography, The Age, 5 March, 1996

–               Brett Jones, Artists Protest, Review, Dialogue No. 7, 1996

–               Robert Nelson, Documents of Protest, The Age, 1 November 1995

–               Robert Nelson, When a Sense of Place Plays its Part, The Age, 11 October 1995

–               Marie Sierra-Hughes, Making Sense of Search for Self, Herald-Sun, 17 August 94

–               Rachel Gibson, Getting Serious About Television, The Age EG, 8 July 1994

–               Mark Pennings, Violence and Realist Abstraction, ex cat, West Space, June 94

–               Bala Starr, My Time, Art Monthly, September 1994

–               Various Authors, My Time, West Space, Artfan, #2, July 1994

–               Jeffrey Fereday, Supermart, Agenda, #24, July/August, 1992, p.24 -25

–               Rebecca Lancashire, Something Strange in the Subway, The Age, 15 Feb 91

–               Mark Pennings, Infrastructures, Agenda, #9, Nov 89


–               Australia Council London studio, 2002

–               Asialink Sri Lanka studio, 2002

–               Queens College, University of Melbourne, Artist in Residence, 1999 -2000

–               Participating artist: Third International Artists Camp: Sri Lanka, 1999


–               National Gallery of Victoria (2000, 2005, 2012)

–               Natural History Museum, London

–               Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2011)

–               Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

–               Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (2011, 2012)

–               Hamilton Regional Art Gallery

–               Monash Gallery of Art, Waverley

–               Horsham Regional Art Gallery

–               Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

–               Monash University Museum of Art

–               RMIT Union, Melbourne

–               Queens College, University of Melbourne