In times like these we need to be reminded of our connection to nature. Trees, in their resilience and longevity, give us solace. They stand proud and upright, with a supple strength allowing them to survive storm winds.
During this cultural shutdown, some of the best shows for ages are in London at the moment, all closed due to social distancing.
I was lucky enough to see Among the Trees at the Hayward before it shut, and it was wonderful.
Here are some of the works from the show, together with some others I’ve added – by Charles Burchfield, Paul Klee, and one of my own.
Watch a short video about the Among the Trees exhibition by Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff here
In 2018, I had an exhibition of sculpture at Wells Cathedral in Somerset. I also presented my artists’ book at the Wells Literature Festival. This took place in the Bishop’s Palace. The formal gardens there had an American Black Walnut tree which was the inspiration for this painting, completed this year.
Bishop’s Tree, 2018-20, alkyd resin enamel on aluminium. 63cm X 63cm.
A simple tree, beside a private garden square in South London.
The juxtaposition of nature with a parked car, seemed incongruous, almost a metamorphosis.
Exhibited at GX Gallery ‘Seasons of the Sublime’ solo exhibition, 2007.
The Gardens, 2007, alkyd resin enamel on aluminium. 70cm X 60cm.
Spring, summer, and winter. Three seasons of tall trees.
Exhibited at Rochester Cathedral and Wells Cathedral in 2017 as part of the Family Tree touring exhibition.
The Seasons, 2017, alkyd resin enamel on aluminium. Each painting 125cm X 40cm.
The National Gallery has organised a unique chance to see all of the ‘Poesie’ paintings by Tiziano for Prince Philip of Spain.
This exhibition was only open tothe public for 3 days before it too had to be closed.
Click here to watch a documentary about this amazing exhibition that can’t now be visited here. (requires BBC iplayer)