2015/01/11

Bristol celebrates art of the tree


To kick off Bristol's year as the European Green Capital, a gallery has become a magical arboretum of tree-inspired art

To kick off Bristol's year as the European Green Capital the city's oldest gallery, the RWA, has been transformed into a colourful arboretum for an exhibition by a newly formed group of artists. Rows of trees in  works by a group of 30 British painters, printmakers and sculptors line the bright Victorian rooms at the Royal West of England Academy.
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2014/12/19

Arboretum at the Royal West of England Academy


The Art of Trees; the Arborealists and other Artists

19 December 2014 - 8 March 2015

Julian Perry, Three Pollards, oil on panel, 2004

Celebrating Bristol's year as European Green Capital, the RWA launches its winter programme on a fittingly 'green' theme, with Arboretum, exploring the rich history of the tree in art. Here, beneath the shade and shelter of towering trunks, amidst gnarled roots and leafy canopies, the real and the imagined sit side-by-side transforming the RWA's main galleries into a wooded hinterland.

Drawing on the romantic tradition in art, alongside ecological issues - such as Julian Perry's investigation into experimental forestry work in Three Pollards - Arboretum intertwines art and environment, capturing a very British symbol of life and renewal. Our 'trees, like ruins, embody history'; which proves to be a consistent thread that runs throughout each artist's work. Dan Hays composes paintings that reflect the low-resolution appearance of early digital photography building up an image with a series of individual pixels. In a similar vein, Hannah Maybank's epic textured surfaces are constructed of delicate layers of paint over latex, built up in stratum like the coiled concentric circles that lie beneath the brittle bark of a tree. These seductive layers of peeling paint are suggestive of a vast history entombed beneath.

Jo Barry, Tim Craven and Celia de Serra's detailed pen and ink drawings depict the minutia of trees, from the monstrosity of fallen trunks to skeletal branches, whereas Royal Academician Anthony Whishaw aims to capture what he refers to as a general 'treeness'. Featuring fifty shades of green, Fiona McIntyre, Michelle Dovey and Abi Kremer capture the fabric of the forest in surreal technicolour, foiled by the muted tapestry of Fiona Hingston's tree-scapes dragged from the earth in soil and charcoal.

Memory and observation are called upon to create places both real, remembered and imagined. Kurt Jackson's scored and scratched depictions of woodland combine the scrubby, wind-blasted copse of Skewjack in West Cornwall with the rich forest interior of Ashcombe near Bath, informed by memories of Jackson's boyhood spent exploring the squirrel and jay filled oak woodlands of Hertfordshire. In contrast Jemma Appleby's disquieting forest landscape punctuated by the surprising presence of cantilevered rooftops, inspired by the Unison houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, relies on a sense of illusion to create an imagined place. Here, caught somewhere between the tree-top canopy and forest floor hangs a very British blend of fact and folklore, myth and magic, culture and conservation; our past and our future.

Arboretum follows on from the critically acclaimed and highly popular Under the Greenwood - Picturing the British Tree at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. Reprising themes from the contemporary element of this show it explores the importance of the tree as a rich and vital subject for art, featuring work from members of the Arborealists: Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Joanna Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Hannah Brown, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, Celia de Serra, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, Abi Kremer , Ffiona Lewis, Fiona MacIntyre, Hannah Maybank, Alexander Pemberton, Julian Perry, Lesley Slight and RWA Academicians Nicola Bealing RWA, Martin Bentham RWA, Kurt Jackson RWA, Howard Phipps RWA, Michael Porter RWA, Anthony Whishaw RWA and Lisa Wright RWA.

Arboretum will be showing at the RWA in conjunction with The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014: A Celebration of British Wildlife. This launches the start of a programme of environmentally focused exhibitions at the RWA engaging with nature and landscape to celebrate the start of Bristol's year as the Green Capital.


2014/04/05

Under the Greenwood at the Gerald Moore Gallery, Eltham College


Under the Greenwood: Picturing British Trees -- Present

Saturday 5th April until Saturday 7th June 2014, 12-4pm


Under the Greenwood Picturing British Trees - Present, the new exhibition at Gerald Moore Gallery, South East London, looks at how artists working today are still drawing inspiration from the British tree.

Thirty two contemporary artists including Turner Prize 2011 nominee George Shaw and Old Elthamian Jemma Appleby, have been invited to contribute a work, which shows how trees figure in their art practice.  The exhibition examines their different approach from the digital manipulations of Dan Hays, Christiane Baumgartner and Katsutoshi Yuasa to the plein air paintings of Michelle Dovey.

David Nash's Ash Dome takes on new meaning in the light of the latest fungal threat to our native trees; George Shaw revisits the childhood mysteries of a patch of urban woodland, while Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold and David Inshaw imbue the Wessex landscape with a sense of magic and wonder. Hannah Maybank, Mick Moon, Anthony Whishaw and Paul Winstanley explore the threshold where, as the light fades, familiarity and reassurance meet otherworldliness and doubt.

Contributing Artists: Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Jo Barry, Christiane Baumgartner, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Tim Craven, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, David Inshaw, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Elizabeth Magill, Hannah Maybank, Fiona M. E. MacIntyre, Mick Moon, Paul Morrison, David Nash, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Lisa Ruyter, John Salt, Nick Schlee, Celia de Serra, George Shaw, Lesley Slight, Alice Stepanek and Steven Maslin, Anthony Whishaw, Paul Winstanley, Clare Woods, and Katsutoshi Yuasa.

The exhibition was developed by St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery and produced in partnership with Southampton City Art Gallery.

A fully illustrated catalogue covering this exhibition and its sister exhibition, Under the Greenwood Picturing British Trees - Past and Present is available.

2013/10/12

Under the Greenwood at St-Barbe Museum


Picturing British Trees - Present

12th October - 23rd November 2013

Hannah Maybank, Moon Canopy - the Guardians
This companion exhibition to our historic trees show looks at how artists working today are still drawing inspiration from trees. It examines contemporary artists' approach to trees from the digital manipulations of Dan Hays, Christiane Baumgartner and Katsutoshi Yuasa to the plein air paintings of Kurt Jackson and Michelle Dovey. David Nash's Ash Dome takes on new meaning in the light of the latest fungal threat to our native trees. George Shaw revisits the childhood mysteries of a patch of urban woodland. Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold and David Inshaw imbue the Wessex landscape with a sense of magic and wonder. Hannah Maybank, Mick Moon, Anthony Whishaw and Paul Winstanley explore the threshold where, as the light fades, familiarity and reassurance meet otherworldliness and doubt.

We have invited thirty-three artists to contribute a work and explain what trees mean to them and how they figure in their art practice. Those contributing are: Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Christiane Baumgartner, Jo Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Tim Craven, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, David Inshaw, Kurt Jackson, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona M. E. McIntyre, Elizabeth Magill, Hannah Maybank, Mick Moon, Paul Morrison, David Nash, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Lisa Ruyter, John Salt, Nick Schlee, Celia de Serra, George Shaw, Lesley Slight, Alice Stepanek and Steven Maslin, Anthony Whishaw, Paul Winstanley, Clare Woods and Katsutoshi Yuasa.

Exhibition produced in partnership with Southampton City Art Gallery.

Sponsored by Rathbones.





2013/09/14

Under the Greenwood Tree - an exhibition worth travelling for, by Andrew Lambirth


Under the Greenwood Tree - an exhibition worth travelling for

By Andrew Lambirth

A mixed exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints devoted to the subject of the tree might sound an unexciting event, filled with what Johnny Cash memorably described as ‘hopeful stars of flickering magnitude’, but actually in this case the reverse is true. The show has been divided into two halves, the first of which deals with a historical survey of the tree in past art, the section which is herewith under review. The sequel, focusing on the tree in contemporary art...

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https://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/09/a-surprisingly-invigorating-exhibition-devoted-to-trees/