Arborealists: The art of trees exhibition at Mottisfont

Black and white pencil drawing of modern building n a forest by Jemma Abbleby

This event happened in 2015 and is now finished.

Trees have proved an important source of artistic inspiration for centuries. From John Constable to David Hockney, artists have employed the largest plant on earth as a metaphor, symbol, decoration and stylistic device.

A new group of contemporary artists called the Arborealists are now adding fresh work to this tradition. Following a highly successful exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, the Arborealists are creating a unique show for Mottisfont, which will include new work exhibited for the first time.

" I love and worship trees and know they are people. "
- Paul Nash

On display will be intricate pencil drawings of root systems, gorgeous autumnal colours and beautiful natural sculpture. Minutely detailed drawings, delicate wood engravings and fine etchings resonate with vibrant, and expressive watercolours and oil paintings.

Sunrise on the estate at Mottisfont
Sunrise on the Mottisfont estate, Hampshire
Sunrise on the estate at Mottisfont

Tree trails and guided walks will extend the exhibition experience out into Mottisfont’s grounds. From September onwards, you can pick up self-led trails or join guided walks that will take you to significant trees in the grounds.