Every Tree I Have Ever Seen (Blackdown Hills Oak) 2

£3,900.00

This painting is a triptych of three canvases, framed in one piece with a box frame.  Each canvas is 91 cm (h) x 60 cm (w).  The whole painting, in its frame is 95 x 185 cm.  To watch a short video of the painting in Sara’s studio, follow this link https://vimeo.com/648678539

These works are responses to the ancient oaks which populate the hills, near Sara’s studio where she walks, breathes and explores her own local terrain. She records video footage of these magnificent ancient oaks and younger trees, which she uses as the main resource for her paintings. The trees in these paintings fulfil the same role as the rocks in her coastal works: they offer simultaneous metaphors for permanence and impermanence in the environment. Despite their constant state of seasonal change and growth, the apparent stability of each tree creates a seemingly timeless and enduring presence in the landscape. An understanding of the environmental importance of trees feels re-awakened and our relationship with the environment we inhabit is altered. Each tree is a unique individual, yet it fulfils a universally similar role within the ecosystem that it lives. Sara considers these paintings to be layered portraits – incorporating aspects of ‘every tree I have ever seen’. Traces of the layering process create hints and suggestions of other or previous trees. Similar to how her coastal works recognise the oceans as ‘the lungs of the planet’, these works value and share the essential importance of trees to human life.

These works are responses to the ancient oaks which populate the hills, near Sara’s studio where she walks, breathes and explores her own local terrain. She records video footage of these magnificent ancient oaks and younger trees, which she uses as the main resource for her paintings. The trees in these paintings fulfil the same role as the rocks in her coastal works: they offer simultaneous metaphors for permanence and impermanence in the environment. Despite their constant state of seasonal change and growth, the apparent stability of each tree creates a seemingly timeless and enduring presence in the landscape. An understanding of the environmental importance of trees feels re-awakened and our relationship with the environment we inhabit is altered. Each tree is a unique individual, yet it fulfils a universally similar role within the ecosystem that it lives. Sara considers these paintings to be layered portraits – incorporating aspects of ‘every tree I have ever seen’. Traces of the layering process create hints and suggestions of other or previous trees. Similar to how her coastal works recognise the oceans as ‘the lungs of the planet’, these works value and share the essential importance of trees to human life.

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Medium

Oil on canvas

Year

2018

Original / Edition

Original work of art

Size

95 x 185 cm

Description

Contemporary painterly qualities and drawn marks are essential components in Sara Dudman’s work, conveying an intuitive understanding of her subject, capturing, analysing and representing their movements or properties. Fragility and transience are expressed through unpainted or sparsely formed negative spaces. Through the process of drawing and painting she progressively locates and extracts order from apparent chaos, drawing out patterns of movement and behaviour. Small-scale and intimate, or large and expressive, these gestural paintings are created in layers, alternately recording and expressing the essence of the subject and its environment or context.

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