Strange Trees

Opens 11-08-2017,  closes 26-11-2017

Argyle Gallery 4

Strange Trees

Strange Trees includes a range of artists’ interpretations of Tasmanian trees across nearly 200 years: from enchanted or ravaged forests, to the depiction of humanised, symbolic, mythological and historically significant trees.

When the colonial painter John Glover arrived in Tasmania in 1831 he marvelled at the “remarkable peculiarity of the trees” and noted with delight that he could view the “country” through their branches and foliage. In response, the trees in his Tasmanian landscapes possess a unique character, their lively, tentacular branches appearing to command the land and its inhabitants.

Strange Trees observes an enduring fascination with the forms, beauty and, at times, mystery of Tasmanian trees, simultaneously capturing their significance to our experience of the land. While Glover’s depiction of trees continues to influence artists today, it is Tasmania’s extraordinary natural environment that has inspired artists across time to depict trees in strange and evocative ways.

Exhibiting artists are John Glover, Pat Brassington, Neil Haddon, David Keeling, Jonathan Kimberley, Stephen Lees, Ricky Maynard, Milan Milojevic, Geoff Parr, Troy Ruffels, Michael Schlitz, David Stephenson, Meg Walch, Helen Wright, Richard Wastell, and Philip Wolfhagen.

Image details:
Milan Milojevic
Night and Day (2016)
32 images each 42 x 30cm
digital, etching and woodblock print