2019/02/07

Annabel Cullen

Annabel Cullen
beljoss@me.com


Annabel Cullen
Branch, 42 x 59 cm

I am a painter of the human figure and a portraitist, and my sense of connection with trees arises from their anthropomorphic and emotive qualities.  I want to convey the sense of movement within the static form, as it can seem as though the very life-force energy, is discernible in, or at least suggested by, the formation of the trunk and bark of certain trees.  The sinuous and jointed qualities of many trees correlate with my studies of anatomy.  Then at other times the texture of some corrugated bark transforms itself into a landscape, and leads me into another world.  

Annabel Cullen
Muscle knot, 84 x 59 cm

Annabel Cullen
Carcass, 77 x 56 cm

Mostly I work on site in charcoal, graphite, ink and wash, lithographic crayon and conté, concerned with one particular tree’s physical presence, which can be overwhelming.  It is important for me to feel that.  Other drawings, more ambiguous, develop in the studio, loosely based on work made on site, or from imagination.  There are always pieces of bark, knotted and twisted branches in the studio which I have collected for study and inspiration.

Annabel Cullen
Crag, 84 x 59 cm

2019/02/05

Richard Thorn

Richard Thorn
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Richard Thorn
Across the Lake, Charcoal, graphite & watercolour inks, 2018, 40 x 38 cm

Trees have always figured in my work. My preferred medium is watercolour but Gouache, watercolour inks, graphite and charcoal are now mediums I use frequently. This allows me to render trees with varying textural qualities, light and colour. 

Richard Thorn
May in the woods, watercolour inks, 2018, 64 x 50 cm

Living near to Dartmoor with its wide variety of trees was (and is) a major source of my subject matter - from the tangle of a woodland to a loan oak on the edge of a field. 

Richard Thorn
The Shining Teign, watercolour, 2019, 46 x 36 cm

Richard Thorn
Lena's land, watercolour inks, charcoal & graphite stick, 2019, 54 x 32 cm

A tree presents challenges in both its form and texture. No tree is the same and its that individual character that lures me to represent it.

Richard Thorn
Snow sketch, graphite, 2016, 29 x 20 cm