Chemin des rêves, Path of dreams, Acrylic and pigments on canvas, 2 x 12 m x 6 m, 2016

Guillaume BRANDY & Francis DALSCHAERT work together on the same picture. 
They have exhibited in France and England since 2011 under the name of BRANDY-DALSCHAERT. Their workshop is located in France, at the countryside near the forest.

Eaux, Waters, mixed media on paper, 200 cm x 100 cm, 2012
The inbetweenedness of beings, the gap between our visions, the bridge between our sensitivities. The ineffable hiding in the essence of things and beings, within their fluctuating, moving relations. Movement of life, ebb and flow of reality, constant changes of our thoughts and our actions. The multiple cycle of metamorphoses.

The tree may seem motionless, but it is always changing, living, rustling. Like the perfume it exudes, it conjures up the fleeting essence of feelings and emotions which can be experienced like so many dreams, tales or stories, in the inner world of our thoughts and imaginary realities.

In the heart of Nature, 'Eaux' and 'Jardin' can express the fleeting innermost part of our being.

Let is together, open the toy box of our imaginations. Bring out from the depths of our being an uninterrupted dialogue of long-hidden dreams, imaginary walks in the infinitely large or in the infinitesimally small, in the space of our thoughts, the secret of landscapes, in the secret of our landscapes.

Reality and life, in all their forms, change incessantly. They are never fixed, they escape from the grasp of our minds just as we try to seize them. It's up to us to read between the lines, to prise out the meaning between the cracks, to break down and to build up meaning to catch a sideways glance of the world.

It's up to us to imagine a space for a snippet of life seen from another angle, so we can dance it, and perchance tame it.

Our shared quest explores a common questioning of the ineffable and the inbetween, the impermanence of reality, fleeting life, human uncertainties and the ambiguity of relationships.

Just as two fruit trees need one another to bring forth healthy fruit, we work with our four hands to bring out through our meeting a new space of freedom which is more than just a simple juxtaposition. We fold our universes into one another and establish a dialogue.

The signs of each one of us respond to the other and echoes the rustling of the tree, that vital source.

Guillaume Brandy & Francis DALSCHAERT travaillent ensemble sur la même oeuvre.
Ils ont exposé en France et en Angleterre depuis 2011 sous le nom de BRANDY-DALSCHAERT

Leur atelier est situé en France, à la campagne, près de la forêt.

Jardin, Garden, mixed media on paper, 200 cm x 100 cm, 2012

Entre-deux des êtres, intervalle de nos visions, espacement réuni de nos sensibilités. Indicible caché au cour des choses et des vivants, au creux de leurs relations fluctuantes et mouvantes. Impermanence de toutes choses. Mouvements de la vie, flux et reflux du réel, perpétuels changements de nos pensées et de nos actes. Cycle multiple des métamorphoses.

Au creux des paysages, dans son apparente immobilité, l'arbre, toujours changeant, toujours vivant, toujours bruissant, évoque et dégage comme un parfum une impermanence de sensations et d'émotions que les hommes sensibles perçoivent, reçoivent comme autant de rêveries, de contes et d'histoires, dans le monde intérieur de leurs  pensées et de leurs réalités imaginaires.

Au coeur de la nature, « Eaux » et « Jardin » sont l'expression de l'indicible fugace qui atteint chacun au plus profond de son être.

Ensemble, ouvrir le coffre à jouet de nos imaginaires. Faire émerger de nos profondeurs, dans un dialogue incessant, des rêves enfouis, des promenades imaginaires dans l'infiniment grand ou le microcosme, dans l'espace de nos pensées, dans le secret des paysages, dans le secret de nos paysages.

Le réel et la vie polymorphes changent à chaque instant, jamais figés, insaisissables à notre esprit qui voudrait les réduire. A nous de lire à chaque fois entre les lignes, de décrypter le sens dans les interstices, de le défaire et de le reconstruire pour visiter les coulisses du théâtre du monde.

A nous d'imaginer l'espace d'un instant la vie sous un autre angle, pour peut-être pouvoir la danser et l'apprivoiser.

Notre recherche en duo explore des questionnements partagés : l'indicible et l'entre-deux, l'impermanence du réel, la vie fluente, les incertitudes humaines et l'ambiguïté des relations.

Comme deux arbres fruitiers qui ont besoin l'un de l'autre pour donner des fruits vigoureux, nous travaillons à quatre mains, pour faire émerger par notre rencontre un espace nouveau de liberté qui soit plus qu'une simple juxtaposition. Nous entrelaçons nos univers et dialoguons.

Les signes de chacun se répondent et font écho aux murmures de l'arbre, source vitale.


The Arborealists: a new generation of tree painters

Tree painting was once regarded as boringly traditional. Laura Gascoigne finds an old subject putting out new roots.

"Now, a new group of British tree painters calling themselves the Arborealists has emerged from the exhibition ‘Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree’ held at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, Hampshire, two years ago."

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The Art of Trees at Mottisfont Abbey

Arborealists: The Art of Trees

19 September - 15 November 2015 - 11am - 5pm 

Jemma Appleby

Our new exhibition celebrates the art of trees through paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture this autumn. Created especially for us, 'Arborealists: the Art of Trees' draws on a rich tradition of the tree as a vital subject for art.

Trees have proved an important source of artistic inspiration for centuries. From John Constable to David Hockney, artists have employed the largest plant on earth as a metaphor, symbol, decoration and stylistic device.

A new group of contemporary artists called the Arborealists are now adding fresh work to this tradition. Following a highly successful exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, the Arborealists are creating a unique show for Mottisfont, which will include new work exhibited for the first time.

Centred on the single subject of the tree, a versatile and rich subject for art, a key feature of the group is diversity of art practice with regard to medium, scale, philosophy, style and technique.
On display will be intricate pencil drawings of root systems, gorgeous autumnal colours and beautiful natural sculpture. Minutely detailed drawings, delicate wood engravings and fine etchings resonate with vibrant, and expressive watercolours and oil paintings. Complex trees drawn from life will contrast with conceptual forest landscapes.

Former National Trust forester John Surplice has worked on fallen trees found around the grounds and estate to reveal spectacular sculptural forms. Lizzie Sykes worked with older performers' group Mind the Gap as part of an artist's residency at Mottisfont to create The Greeting, a film that grew from the group's responses to trees here.

Full list of appearing artists: Robert Amesbury-Brookes, Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Hannah Brown, Peter Clossick, Gary Colclough, Marcus Cornish, Tim Craven, Dalschaert and Brandy, Michelle Dovey, Kurt Jackson, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Hannah Maybank, Fiona McIntyre, Alexander Pemberton, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Julian Perry, Nick Schlee, Celia de Serra, Lesley Slight, Angela Summerfield, John Surplice and Lizzie Sykes.