Artists have occupied themselves with drawing and painting trees and tree landscapes throughout history.
Artists have occupied themselves drawing and painting trees and tree landscapes throughout history – think John Constable, Paul Nash and Paul Sandby amongst others. The Arborealists are a group of contemporary artists who create art inspired by trees, giving trees, forests and woods a special value. The group is a loose association of 60 professional artists, some of international reputation, who share the rich and versatile subject of the tree. The aim of the group is to exhibit together and promote members’ work and their subject. The principle dynamic of the group is diversity of art practice that encompasses a wide range of philosophy, media, style, scale and technique.
Many of the group’s members share a passion for the ecology of trees and their significance in the conservation of our fragile, natural environment. In 2016, George Peterken OBE, forester, ecologist and author, invited The Arborealists to interpret Lady Park Wood (which sits above the Wye gorge near Monmouth) from an artist’s perspective – the group’s first site specific project. Set aside by the Forestry Commission in 1944 as a research reserve for in-depth ecological study, Lady Park Wood has been completely unmanaged for the last 75 years. Following this year-long project The Arborealist will be showing their paintings and drawings in an exhibition at the Nelson Museum in Monmouth.