The Arborealists worked in partnership with the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities to explore the landscape. The resulting artworks depict many of the parks’ most beautiful and iconic spots.
They include Culbone and Horner Wood, Cloutsham, Wilmersham Common and Simonsbath, on Exmoor. And, Wistmans and White Wood, Burrator Reservoir, Black-a-Tor Copse and Hawson Cross on Dartmoor.
Many of the artists have been mobilised to explore the subject matter of the tree due to the increasing disconnect between people and the natural world. At a time when the news is often filled with reports about environmental destruction, they propose that a personal re-connection to nature is vital in order to awaken and mobilise change. They demonstrate that trees still have a great relevance in contemporary art and retain their power to move us as a vital element in our landscape.
The Arborealists are a group of around 60 professional artists. Together they have established a strong national and international profile and wide critical acclaim through exhibitions and their 2016 publication ‘The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree.’
Although united by their subject, they employ a wide range of working practices: scale, medium, philosophy, style and technique. The results are by turn dramatic and contemplative, expressive, abstracted, hyperreal and Surreal.
They were founded in 2013 by artist and curator Tim Craven.