This display celebrates the wooded landscape of Suffolk and East Anglia and how artists have responded to this aesthetically dominant yet magical covering of the landscape.
Collage Maquette for Harlow Mural by Henry & Joyce (nee Pallot) Collins
Joyce Pallot met fellow artist and designer Henry Collins at the Colchester Art School in 1932 and the couple subsequently married in 1938. Pallot studied industrial design at Southend-on-Sea whilst Collins studied at the Central School in London. They formed a dynamic partnership from 1948 designing murals and exhibitions, including the Sea & Ships Pavilion at the Festival of Britain and then later producing many large scale murals in new shopping centres across the UK.This is a rare collage maquette for the Collins’ Harlow Mural which was installed by British Home Stores. Their murals in Colchester were awarded Heritage Lottery Funding in April 2017.
John Northcote Nash was the younger brother of Paul Nash. He had no formal art training and was encouraged to develop his work by his brother. He was an Official Artist in both world wars and specialised in landscape paintings from the 1920s. He regularly visited East Anglia from the 1930s, renting a holiday cottage on the River Stour before moving to Wormingfold in 1946.
This work was included in the exhibition held at Worthing Art Gallery and Chelmsford Museum in 1971. It depicts dead twisted tree trunks which are found within the Staverton Thicks woodland near Butley, with their anthropomorphic aspect recalling the photographs of his brother, published in the book ‘The Fertile Image’.
Condemned Trees by Mary Newcombe
Contemporary artists included in the show are Kate Sherman, Jane Mortar, Jenkins and Wills, Greg Mosley (Among Trees) and Wycliffe Stutchbury.