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.
Images are a small selection of work on display.
John Nash CBE RA
Spectral Trees, Butley Forest, 1966
Watercolour and pencil on paper
John Northcote Nash (1993-1977) 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 painting from the 1920s. He regularly visited East Anglia from the 1930s and eventually moved to Wormingford in 1946.
Henry Collins & Joyce (nee Pallot) Collins
Collage Maquette for the Harlow Mural, BHS c.1980.
Mixed Media on board
Joyce Pallot (1912-2004) met fellow artist and designer Henry Collins (1910-2004) 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.
Five Condemned Trees, 1994.
Pencil, heightened in white on coloured paper
Newcomb (1922-2008) was an instinctive and visionary artist who explored and captured the rhythms of nature and rural rituals - often captured the 'mark making' and patterns created by man.