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Gillian Condy

South African botanical artist Gillian Condy was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but grew up in England. Gill obtained a diploma in graphics and scientific illustration, before continuing her training at the Royal College of Art.

During her time as an artist, Gill has worked for the Botswana Ministry of Education in which role she produced children’s and teacher’s magazines as well as illustrated material for the primary curriculum, and helped run the education centre in Lobatse. She also designed 14 sets of postal stamps for Botswana as well as a special edition of South African stamps depicting the genus Clivia. From 1983 to 2017, Gill was the resident botanical artist for SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute) during which time she produced innumerable fantastic botanical artworks depicting a wide range of Southern African flora.

Gill is a founding member of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, receiving a number of awards for her artwork, including the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London and the Cythna Letty medal from the Botanical Society of South Africa. She presented President Nelson Mandela with a painting, Mandela’s Gold, on his official visit to Kirstenbosch in 1996.