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Gülnur Ekşi painting at RBGE

Gülnur Ekşi

was born in Sinop (Turkey) in 1981 and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Education, Department of Biology in Hacettepe University. In 2010 she started a Master course at the Department of Pharmaceutic Botany in Ankara University. At the moment Gülnur  is researching her PhD – A taxonomic revision of the genus Allium L. (Sect. Bravispatha). Gülnur was taught plant illustration by Christabel King from 2002 – 2005 and in addition to her botanical studies, works on illustrations for the projects: Turkish Bulbs, ‘Kars – Igdir Biodiversty Project’ and The Flora of Turkey, for which she is artistic editor. She has also prepared the biological illustrations for a book entitled General Biology and organised a series of botanical art courses (line drawing and watercolour) in Turkey. Since 2007 she has been a visiting botanical artist to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in order to prepare paintings for the book Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile and to teach botanical art classes. She has exhibited her work widely in Turkey. In 2009 she received a Silver Gilt Gold Medal and in 2010 received a Gold medal for her paintings of Chilean plants at BISCOT (Botanical Images Scotia), Edinburgh and in 2010, 2012 and 2013 at the Royal Horticultural Society, Botanical Art Show in London. Her paintings are currently exhibited in Hacettepe and Ankara Universities and at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in London.

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