Woods, copses, forests have long inspired artists and writers. They can be unsettling or calming, their borders acting as a metaphor for the light versus the dark, good versus evil, the fantasy world as opposed to the real. These realms supply artists and writers with a wealth of imaginative, creative ideas. Acres of trees affect individuals in different ways, from being places of solitude to evoking primordial fears. It is no accident that the darker fairy tales take place in forests.
This small selection has been made to illustrate that woods and forests have been a subject for artists since the sixteenth century, and continue to be relevant to artists today. There is a much diversity in approach.
The earliest scenes in this collection come from the
The most conceptual approach is taken by Jack Milroy whose Into the Dark Forest II arose from a sculpture commission for the Goodwood Sculpture Park. Intending an arrangement of ten layers of ten rows of words, creating a cube of text that described the flora and fauna found above, on and beneath the earth’s surface, Milroy spreads the content out in this extraordinary print. Assisted in the choice of words by the renowned author A.S.Byatt the ten squares indicate, from
Fiona Hingston’s Wood No.2 actually uses the earth of the forest floor as its starting point. Covering the paper in soluble earth she works from the basis of dark to light, finely scraping away the earth and enhancing the image with colour crayon. The luminosity contained within the drawing is achieved through the careful removal of the dried soil which has stained the paper.
Jenny Graham’s Welsh forests are seen from above, the mountainous landscape tree covered., whereas David Parfitt’s woodland stream is a more intimate encounter. Ione Parkin’s abstracted painting expressively captures the wildness of an unkempt wood.
William Woollett (1735-1785) and John Browne (1742-1801) Clearing in a Forest 1763etching with engraving - 33.3 x 43 cmUnframed - Price : £350read more
Wenceslas Hollar (1607-1677) - Satyrs and Nymphs 1650etching after Adam Elsheimer - 6.4 x 9.8 cmUnframed - Price : £150read more
Roelant Roghman (1627-1692) - Deer in the Hague Woods 1640-1652etching with engraving - 20.5 x 26 cmUnframed - Price : £300read more
Frans Andreas Milatz (1764-1808) - Interior of Forest with Cows c1800etching - 15 x 18.7 cmUnframed - Price : £150read more
Antonie Waterloo (1610-1690) - Two Travellers in a Wood 1640-1690etching - 11.4 x 14 cmUnframed - Price : £225read more
Ione Parkin - Untitledoil on paper - 59 x 84.5 cmFramed 86 x 109 cm - Price : £600read more
Jay Zhang - On a Disappearing Pathetching - edition of 180 - image 16.8 x 22 cm / paper 27.5 x 32.5 cmUnframed - Price : £230read more
Jay Zhang - October Mistetching - edition of 180 - image 16.5 x 23.5 cm / paper 29.5 x 35.5 cmUnframed - Price : £230read more
David Parfitt RI - River IIwatercolour on paper - 12.7 x 15.2 cmFramed - Price : £200read more
Jenny Graham - Welsh Landscape No.2gouache on paper - 9.7 x 10.7 cmFramed - Price : £125read more
Jenny Graham - Welsh Landscape No.1 gouache on paper - 9.8 x 10.2 cm Framed - Price : £125read more
Fiona Hingston - Wood No.2 earth, charcoal and coloured pencil on paper - 90 x 70 cmFramed - Price : £850read more
Jack Milroy and A.S.Byatt - Into the Dark Wood II 2002 archival inkjet print - edition of 30 - 29 x 132.5 cm NOT FOR SALEread more