Seeing the Forest for the Trees at Masterpiece 2022

30 June - 6 July 2022
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Overview

Seeing the Forest for the Trees is an evolving discussion, a dramatic visual argument for entwining the philosophy of environmental sustainability with high-end design and a tactile connection to the natural world. The curation includes fine heirloom objects and furniture crafted from organic materials and grown from practices which prioritise the material legacy and impact of objects. 

 

Our presentation interrogates assumptions about the value of materials; our artist-designer-makers transform the most humble-seeming of material into works of enduring luxury, problematising what we use, waste and venerate. Eleanor Lakelin only works with diseased or naturally-felled trees but she amplifies the ‘imperfections’ of wood to become significant and definitionally beautiful aspects of her objects. She encourages us to look at the complexities of nature with a new perspective. Her material is transformed into objects that invite touch and reflection, reminding us of our emotional bond with wood and, in turn, our wider relationship to the elemental earth. Julian Watts is similarly drawn to disrupting standards of ‘bad or ugly‘ wood, he lovingly captures the burrs and decay and rot of foraged wood in bronze, elevating these ‘worthless’ and overlooked sections of a tree into precious votive sculptures. Wycliffe Stutchbury’s draped wall-hanging is a tapestry testament to the overlooked beauty of reclaimed wood. Each of his pieces is named to honour the location they were sourced from; he transforms unwanted, weathered and crumbling timber into sublime works of arresting and quiet elegance. 

 

Our artist-designer-makers create objects that are compelling, contemporary master-works of design and art as well as being bastions of sustainable and regenerative design. We will show new pieces of fine heirloom furniture from Marc Fish, John Makepeace OBE, and Nic Webb, A sprawling tree of shelves of Mokume-Gane bronze and ancient bog-oak from Marc Fish will take centre-stage. The work is steeped in heritage and is the most ambitious of this collection, exclusive to the gallery. The tree is constructed from 60 pieces of thin veneer of exquisite oak and 22 layers of bronze and lacquer, polished back to reveal a sumptuous dappled finish. On each branch of Marc’s shelf will be placed a golden delicate organic piece by Adi Toch reminiscent of a golden apple tree. John Makepeace OBE’s newest iteration of his pioneering scorched-Oak Embrace Collection is a distillation of his decades-long experience at the forefront of fine furniture design and sustainable forestry. Each object is a unique collaboration with the particular locally-felled British Oak the piece is crafted from, offering an intimate bond with the wood itself.

 

Seeing the Forest for the Trees confronts the viewer with the richness of material as itself, and offers a palpable connection to the natural world. Our artist-designer-makers create work that celebrates a partnership with organic material, each piece is a conversation and negotiation with wood or rice straw or clay. Our curation will be illuminated by a powerful sculptural lighting collection from Nic Webb. These scorched exterior solid-oak pendants are a new movement in his practice, where he integrates his artistic language of hand-carved bold minimalist forms, raw-wood and deeply blackened finishes into a bespoke light design. Nic’s practice is founded on that desire to let the tree speak, to allow an almost un-mediated connection to nature. The pendant wood is entirely sourced from one British Oak which Nic carved while green, he allows the natural cracking and warping of the wood to express the essential character of the tree.  

 

These commanding pieces represent an argument for sustainability through their action of longevity; they are first generation heirlooms that will be cared for and passed on - in an antithetical gesture to the predominant throw away culture of today - and capture the fructifying sensibility for a meaningful connection to and stewardship of the natural world. They bring the 'outside in' to our homes and encourage us to usurp old adages; let’s see the forest for the trees and experience richly the fortifying, essential beauty in nature.

 

Featured artists: 

Arko - straw, Japan

Adam Buick - clay, UK

Katrien Doms - wood, Belgium

Marc Fish - wood + bronze, UK

Luke Fuller - clay, UK 

Eleanor Lakelin - wood, UK

Christopher Kurtz - wood, USA

John Makepeace OBE - wood, UK

Peter Marigold & Tadanori Tozawa - wood, UK + Japan

Kate MccGwire - feathers, UK

Gareth Neal - wood, UK

Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley - wood, UK

Marc Ricourt - wood, France

Marcin Rusak - flowers + bio resin, Poland

Wycliffe Stutchbury - wood, UK

Adi Toch - metal, UK

Julian Watts - wood + bronze, USA

Nic Webb - wood, UK

Works
  • Maisie Broadhead Explorer (Large), 2020 Digital C-Type Print 90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed. Also available in medium and miniature sizes. Edition of 6
    Maisie Broadhead
    Explorer (Large), 2020
    Digital C-Type Print
    90 H x 72 W cm. Print unframed.
    Also available in medium and miniature sizes.
    Edition of 6
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Homage Bowl, 2021
    Eleanor Lakelin, Homage Bowl, 2021
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Echoes of Amphora: Vase VI, 2021
    Eleanor Lakelin, Echoes of Amphora: Vase VI, 2021
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Echoes of Amphora: Vase V, 2021
    Eleanor Lakelin, Echoes of Amphora: Vase V, 2021
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Echoes of Amphora Vase I/22, 2022
    Eleanor Lakelin, Echoes of Amphora Vase I/22, 2022
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Black Calyx II/22, 2022
    Eleanor Lakelin, Black Calyx II/22, 2022
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Voided Vessel I/22, 2022
    Eleanor Lakelin, Voided Vessel I/22, 2022
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Citadel IV/22, 2022
    Eleanor Lakelin, Citadel IV/22, 2022
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Column Series: Pillar I, 2021
    Eleanor Lakelin, Column Series: Pillar I, 2021
  • Wycliffe Stutchbury Hundred Foot Drain 10, 2020 Excavated Bog Oak 150 H x 150 W cm
    Wycliffe Stutchbury
    Hundred Foot Drain 10, 2020
    Excavated Bog Oak
    150 H x 150 W cm
  • Wycliffe Stutchbury The Hill 6, 2020 Felled common holly, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. 180 H x 120 W cm Can be hung portrait or landscape.
    Wycliffe Stutchbury
    The Hill 6, 2020
    Felled common holly,
    Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.
    180 H x 120 W cm
    Can be hung portrait or landscape.
  • Marcin Rusak Perma 07, 2021 Flowers and Resin 71 H x 200 W x 39 D cm
    Marcin Rusak
    Perma 07, 2021
    Flowers and Resin
    71 H x 200 W x 39 D cm
  • Gareth Neal SiO2 Vessel '1755', 2021 Black Silica 175.5 H x 59 W x 60 D cm. 105kg Edition of 10
    Gareth Neal
    SiO2 Vessel '1755', 2021
    Black Silica
    175.5 H x 59 W x 60 D cm. 105kg
    Edition of 10
  • Gareth Neal, SiO2 Flat Vessel (Largest), 2020
    Gareth Neal, SiO2 Flat Vessel (Largest), 2020
  • Michael Peterson Coastal Stack XVII, 2021 Carved/Sandblasted/Sumi Ink on Madrone Burl (5 elements) 46 H x 71.5 W x 71.5 D cm
    Michael Peterson
    Coastal Stack XVII, 2021
    Carved/Sandblasted/Sumi Ink on Madrone Burl (5 elements)
    46 H x 71.5 W x 71.5 D cm
  • Michael Peterson Atacama, 2016 Carved, Sandblasted, Bleached, Pigmented Madrone Burl 47 H x 45 W x 111 L cm
    Michael Peterson
    Atacama, 2016
    Carved, Sandblasted, Bleached, Pigmented Madrone Burl
    47 H x 45 W x 111 L cm
  • John Makepeace OBE Scorched Embrace Collection, 2022 Oak benches are 80 H x 105 L x 45 D cm table is 55 H x 90 ø cm
    John Makepeace OBE
    Scorched Embrace Collection, 2022
    Oak
    benches are 80 H x 105 L x 45 D cm
    table is 55 H x 90 ø cm
  • John Makepeace OBE, Trine Cloud Chair IV, 2021
    John Makepeace OBE, Trine Cloud Chair IV, 2021
  • Peter Marigold & TADANORI TOZAWA Dodai Bench (Medium) Original, 2021 Hiba (Japanese cypress) and Igusa (woven grass) 180L x 38D x 42H cm
    Peter Marigold
    & TADANORI TOZAWA
    Dodai Bench (Medium) Original, 2021
    Hiba (Japanese cypress) and Igusa (woven grass)
    180L x 38D x 42H cm
  • Marc Fish One Piece, 2022 black squid ink dyed oak and bronze 116 H x 55 W x 66 D cm / 45.47 H x 21.65 W x 25.98 D In Edition of 25 - (#6/25)
    Marc Fish
    One Piece, 2022
    black squid ink dyed oak and bronze
    116 H x 55 W x 66 D cm /
    45.47 H x 21.65 W x 25.98 D In
    Edition of 25 - (#6/25)
  • Julian Watts Root, 2021 Bronze 81 H x 47 W x 58 D cm Edition of 4
    Julian Watts
    Root, 2021
    Bronze
    81 H x 47 W x 58 D cm
    Edition of 4
  • Julian Watts Tangle, 2021 Bronze 41 H x 43 W x 43 D cm Edition of 4
    Julian Watts
    Tangle, 2021
    Bronze
    41 H x 43 W x 43 D cm
    Edition of 4
  • Julian Watts Tree, 2021 Bronze 114 H x 28 W x 12.5 D cm Edition of 4
    Julian Watts
    Tree, 2021
    Bronze
    114 H x 28 W x 12.5 D cm
    Edition of 4
  • Julian Watts Ring, 2022 Bleached maple, wood dye, acrylic paint 86 H x 89 W x 38 D cm
    Julian Watts
    Ring, 2022
    Bleached maple, wood dye, acrylic paint
    86 H x 89 W x 38 D cm
  • Julian Watts Grove, 2022 Oxidised Walnut 127 H x 127 W x 8 D cm 68kg
    Julian Watts
    Grove, 2022
    Oxidised Walnut
    127 H x 127 W x 8 D cm
    68kg
  • Arko, A Gust of Wind on The Cliff, 2022
    Arko, A Gust of Wind on The Cliff, 2022
  • Arko Composition Marcato (A), 2021 Rice Straw 70 H x 27 W x 10 D cm / 27.6 H x 10.63 W x 3.9 D In
    Arko
    Composition Marcato (A), 2021
    Rice Straw
    70 H x 27 W x 10 D cm /
    27.6 H x 10.63 W x 3.9 D In
  • Arko, Composition Allargando, 2021
    Arko, Composition Allargando, 2021
  • Arko, Composition Rubato, 2021
    Arko, Composition Rubato, 2021
  • Arko Composition Marcato (B), 2021 Rice Straw 73 H x 31 W x 10 D cm / 28.7 H x 12.2 W x 3.9 D In
    Arko
    Composition Marcato (B), 2021
    Rice Straw
    73 H x 31 W x 10 D cm /
    28.7 H x 12.2 W x 3.9 D In
  • Arko Composition Rinforzando, 2021 Rice Straw 79 H x 30 W x 10 D cm / 31.1 H x 11.8 W x 3.9 D In
    Arko
    Composition Rinforzando, 2021
    Rice Straw
    79 H x 30 W x 10 D cm /
    31.1 H x 11.8 W x 3.9 D In
  • Arko, Composition Sostenuto, 2021
    Arko, Composition Sostenuto, 2021
  • Nic Webb, Flag, 2022
    Nic Webb, Flag, 2022
  • Nic Webb, Kumo Collection, 2022
    Nic Webb, Kumo Collection, 2022
  • Nic Webb, Roji, 2022
    Nic Webb, Roji, 2022
  • Marc Ricourt Untitled I, 2022 Hornbeam 36.5 H x 22.5 ø cm
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled I, 2022
    Hornbeam
    36.5 H x 22.5 ø cm
  • Marc Ricourt Untitled II, 2022 Hornbeam 28.5 H x 28 ø cm
    Marc Ricourt
    Untitled II, 2022
    Hornbeam
    28.5 H x 28 ø cm
  • Katrien Doms, Ukiyo 041, 2022
    Katrien Doms, Ukiyo 041, 2022
  • Katrien Doms, Ukiyo 041, 2022
    Katrien Doms, Ukiyo 041, 2022
  • Katrien Doms, Ukiyo 041, 2022
    Katrien Doms, Ukiyo 041, 2022
  • Luke Fuller, Diabase, 2020
    Luke Fuller, Diabase, 2020
  • Ernst Gamperl 61/2019/100 (Left in image), 2019 Cherry 109 H x 31 ø cm
    Ernst Gamperl
    61/2019/100 (Left in image), 2019
    Cherry
    109 H x 31 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl 61/2019/100 (Left in image), 2019 Cherry 109 H x 31 ø cm
    Ernst Gamperl
    61/2019/100 (Left in image), 2019
    Cherry
    109 H x 31 ø cm
  • Ernst Gamperl 40/2020//170, 2020 Oak 70 H x 34 ø cm / 27.56 H x 13.39 ø In
    Ernst Gamperl
    40/2020//170, 2020
    Oak
    70 H x 34 ø cm /
    27.56 H x 13.39 ø In
  • Adam Buick Inclusion Jar 2, 2022 Porcelain with Abereiddi Slate pebble inclusion 45 H cm / 17.71 H In
    Adam Buick
    Inclusion Jar 2, 2022
    Porcelain with Abereiddi Slate pebble inclusion
    45 H cm /
    17.71 H In
  • Adam Buick Inclusion Jar 7, 2022 Porcelain with Abereiddi Slate pebble inclusion 44 H cm / 17.32 H In
    Adam Buick
    Inclusion Jar 7, 2022
    Porcelain with Abereiddi Slate pebble inclusion
    44 H cm /
    17.32 H In
  • Christopher Kurtz Ascender, 2019 Hand carved linden wood and burnished graphite finish 240 H x 100 W x 100 D cm / 8 H x 3 W x 3 D ft
    Christopher Kurtz
    Ascender, 2019
    Hand carved linden wood and burnished graphite finish
    240 H x 100 W x 100 D cm / 8 H x 3 W x 3 D ft
  • Kate MccGwire, Enthral, 2022
    Kate MccGwire, Enthral, 2022
  • Adi Toch, In Motion Whispering Vessel, 2022
    Adi Toch, In Motion Whispering Vessel, 2022
  • Adi Toch Waterdrop Hanging Vase, 2022 Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy 17 H x 13 W x 12 D cm Available to commission
    Adi Toch
    Waterdrop Hanging Vase, 2022
    Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy
    17 H x 13 W x 12 D cm
    Available to commission
  • Adi Toch Golden Mirror, 2022 Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy 8 H x 14 W x 14 D cm Available to commission
    Adi Toch
    Golden Mirror, 2022
    Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy
    8 H x 14 W x 14 D cm
    Available to commission
  • Adi Toch, Mirror Object (smaller), 2022
    Adi Toch, Mirror Object (smaller), 2022
  • Adi Toch Mirror Object (taller), 2022 Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy 16.5 H x 15 W x 15 D cm (hanging / standing object)
    Adi Toch
    Mirror Object (taller), 2022
    Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy
    16.5 H x 15 W x 15 D cm
    (hanging / standing object)
  • Adi Toch, Whispering Vessel (small), 2022
    Adi Toch, Whispering Vessel (small), 2022
  • Adi Toch, Golden Whispering Vessel (medium), 2022
    Adi Toch, Golden Whispering Vessel (medium), 2022
  • Adi Toch Sloping Whispering Vessel (large), 2022 Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy, Moonstones 7 H x 14 W x 14 D cm
    Adi Toch
    Sloping Whispering Vessel (large), 2022
    Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy, Moonstones
    7 H x 14 W x 14 D cm
  • Adi Toch Sloping Whispering Vessel (large), 2022 Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy, Moonstones 7 H x 14 W x 14 D cm
    Adi Toch
    Sloping Whispering Vessel (large), 2022
    Hard Gold Plated Recycled Copper Alloy, Moonstones
    7 H x 14 W x 14 D cm
  • Adi Toch, Orb, 2022
    Adi Toch, Orb, 2022
  • Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley Rocking Chair, 2022 Oak 127 H x 43 W x 67 D cm / 50 H x 16.9 W x 26.38 D In
    Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley
    Rocking Chair, 2022
    Oak
    127 H x 43 W x 67 D cm /
    50 H x 16.9 W x 26.38 D In