Celia Rosser OAM is an Australian botanical illustrator, world renowned for her three-volume series of monographs containing watercolour paintings of every Banksia specie. She first began painting Banksias after seeing a Banksia near her home. Her first exhibition was at Leveson Gallery in Melbourne in 1965. In 1970, Rosser was appointed the Science Faculty Artist at Monash University. In 1974 she was appointed University Botanical Artist, and began the project of painting every Banksia species, which took over 25 years to complete. In 1997 she was awarded the Linnaean Society of London's Jill Smythies Award for botanical illustration, and in 1995 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Monash University awarded her an honorary Master of Science degree in 1981, and an honorary PhD in 1999. She lives and works in the South Gippsland town of Fish Creek, Victoria.
We have records of art auction sales by Celia Rosser from 1983 and in total 23 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 19 (83%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $1,912 for Banksias sold by Leski Auctions Pty. Ltd in June 2020. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Celia Rosser are held by the Monash University Museum of Art, Ian Potter Museum of Art and Geelong Gallery.
Celia Elizabeth Rosser is not listed in any of the standard biographical references listed on our references page.
Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.
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