Andy Black – Conceptual Forest

On show at The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, Andy Black’s timeless drawings play with our familiar notions of landscape by presenting imaginary places, which he creates through the slow fastidious repetition of motifs such as trees.

His innovative practice was recently recognised through his nomination for the Northern Art prize (2009). This exhibition incorporates a group of drawings from his ongoing series, alongside a specially commissioned work which realizes one of his images as a sculptural installation featuring 2,000 model trees.

Andy Black, who studied at the Royal College of Art and who now lives in Malton, explains: “My drawings use a limited and consistent number of elements – trees, in the main, sometimes with paths, clearings, mountains or the surface of the ground itself as secondary motifs. The drawings, which develop through small-scale studies to larger final works, navigate a territory between the constructed landscapes of Brueghel and the formal aesthetics of Ellsworth Kelly, to Capability Brown’s controlled parkland.”

Exhibition info: The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA, tel. 01751 417 367, email

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