The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree


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Extent:  128p
Size:  270 x 210mm
Illustrations:  over 70 full colour
Binding:  softback
ISBN: 978-1-908326-86-7

Trees provide a wonderfully versatile subject for artists, not only in terms of the incredible diversity of form, character and colour they provide, whether individually or collectively, but also in terms of the wealth of association, myth, folklore, religious and symbolic significance which they have come to embody. In Britain they have inspired artists from Gainsborough and Constable through to Paul Nash, the Neo-Romantics and the Ruralists.

The Arborealists grew out of the exhibitionUnder the Greenwood: Picturing British Trees – Present held in 2013 at St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, an exploration of contemporary artists’ responses to the tree. Such was the impact of the show and the spirit of camaraderie engendered in a truly diverse group of artists that they took on a more permanent identity. Under the Arborealists’ banner a loose association of artists, including such luminaries as David Inshaw, have come together for exhibitions in galleries across the south. The thirty-seven artists who have contributed to this book include Jemma Appleby, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Buckmaster-French, Tim Craven, Michelle Dovey, Ffiona Lewis, Annie Ovenden, Julian Perry, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Wladyslaw Mirecki and Angela Summerfield.

The work included in this lavishly illustrated book, at turns dramatic and contemplative, demonstrates that trees still have a relevance in contemporary art and retain the power to move us all as a vital element in our landscape and sense of national identity.

  • Essay by Dr Angela Summerfield, former Royal Academy Senior Curator, sets out the historical and international background to artists’ relationships with trees (inc. Gainsborough, Constable, Van Gogh, Munch, Klimt etc.)
  • The first study on one of the most significant British artist groups to emerge in the 21st century
  • Features previously unpublished images and personal insights into the work of these contemporary painters
  • Will appeal equally to lovers of art, nature and the British countryside
  • Illustrated throughout
  • Published in conjunction with an exhibition at St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery 23 April-4 June 2016