Mycology’s Influence in Arts

Mycology has influenced the Arts for centuries. Several artists have used fungi both as the subject and media for the past years. Here’s a mini-timeline of Mycology’s influence in Arts and how Fungal Arts evolved over the years.

Richard Doyle (1824-1883)

  • Title: “Fairy Rings and Toadstools” (Lithograph)
  • Russula-like mushrooms with fairies dancing around them

Beatrix Potter (1886-1943)

  • Amateur scientist due to sexism and misogyny of London’s Linnaean Society in her time (not her fault)
  • Botanical art and watercolor illustrations of mushrooms

Roger Bansermer (1948)

  • Title: “Mushrooms”
  • Size: 5×7 in. (framed size is 11 x 13 in.)
  • Mushroom description: Agaricus bisporus

Megan Aroon-Duncanson (1972)

  • Title: “MushroomLand”
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Mushroom description: allegorical mushroom, possibly a Mycena

Tarsh Bates

  • Focused on the relationship of humans and yeasts
  • Title: Surface dynamics of adhesion (detail) (2016) exhibition view at Art Laboratory Berlin, Spring 2016
  • Refers to the cultural, social, psychological, and not least microbiological aspects of Candida albicans

Vera Meyer

  • Mycologist Vera Mayer uses mycelia to create mushroom sculptures.
  • Title: “Champi (gn) ons” (2017) Parasol mushroom, iron stand, shellac, rust


  1. Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms – Brain Pickings. (n.d.). Retrieved June 18, 2021, from
  2. Meyer, V. (2019). Merging science and art through fungi. In Fungal Biology and Biotechnology (Vol. 6, Issue 1, p. 5). BioMed Central Ltd.
  3. Post 1999 – Contemporary – North American Mycological Association. (n.d.). Retrieved June 18, 2021, from
  4. Rapp, R. (2019). On mycohuman performances: Fungi in current artistic research. In Fungal Biology and Biotechnology (Vol. 6, Issue 1, p. 22). BioMed Central Ltd.

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