When Yellow Leaves a Mascalls Gallery Touring Exhibition. Exhibition open 19th September - 12th December 2015. Show now touring to Gainsborough's House Gallery Feb 2017.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Evening Sycamore 2014
Right: Mascalls Gallery exhibition program.
Julian Perry's new body of work created for this exhibition focuses on the crisis currently facing British Trees. 'A perfect storm' of various pathogens and changing weather patterns threatens Britain's woodland and has the potential to alter our landscape as dramatically as the arrival of 'Dutch' Elm disease in the 1960s.
Perry's work is seductive in it's drama, detail and skilled manipulation of paint. The works nostalgically echo the "Ladybird" books illustrations of the 1960s with their sense of affectionate illustration. However these apparently benign paintings leave the viewer wondering about the greater environmental implications of this disease and decay in our landscape. Perry's attempt to make 'attractive' paintings of an arboreal crisis took inspiration from Henry Tonks beautiful but horrific watercolour studies of soldiers disfigured in the First World War.
Perry's work is steeped in the British Landscape tradition and he holds a deep fascination and concern for contemporary environmental issues. His painting 'Shed 54 and Rhubarb" (Museum of London Collection) shows a doomed allotment shed on the site of the future London 2012 Olympics. Yet it is painted with a fidelity reminiscent of a Rogier van de Leyden altarpiece.
Perry's interest in British Landscape has led to him being featured in BBC documentaries about the legacy of both John Constable and Paul Nash.
The appeal of "When Yellow Leaves" reaches beyond the conventional gallery audience to attract visitors interested in conservation, botany, ecology and the politics of land use. The show represents the continuation of Perry's remarkable research and body of work produced in his thirty year career as an artist.
Rebecca Hone, Curator Mascalls Gallery.
Oak Tree Detail 2015 Oil on panel
Oak Leaves on Mirror 2014 Oil on panel
Two Years Chestnuts 2015. Oil on panel 134 x 122cm
Installation Mascalls Gallery: When Yellow Leaves. Sept 2016
Small Works "When Yellow Leaves"
"When Yellow Leaves" Exhibition Catalogue.