Two shows for Abi

DORSET painter Abi Kremer, who exhibits individually and with groups including The Arborealists, has work in two forthcoming shows – Paradise Found at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, opening on 18th March, and London Trees, in Highgate, from 29th March.

Paradise Found: New Visions of the Blackdown Hills, at the major contemporary gallery in Honiton, features the work of 36 painters, printmakers and photographers who have worked in the footsteps of the Camden Town Group.

The exhibition, the results of a site specific project in the Blackdown Hills, was conceived and arranged by Tim Craven and co-curated by Sandra Higgins and Fiona McIntyre. As well as Kremer, Craven and McIntyre, exhibitors include Celia de Serra, Day Bowman, Paul Newman and Mark Dunford.

Between 1911 and 1925 the Blackdown Hills were a source of inspiration for members of the avant-garde painters of the Camden Town Group. They captured the character of this ancient landscape with the progressive French artistic approach of Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

The participating artists, who include past and present members of The London Group (previously the Camden Town Group), recapture the same sites that were painted by Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan of the Camden Town Group. The contemporary works will be exhibited alongside drawings and paintings (together with reproductions of paintings and photographs) created by Gore, Ginner and Bevan.

The environment has changed little over the past century, partly due to its inaccessibility for modern development. From the surreal, abstracted, expressionist and hyper-real to the conceptual and post-modern, the Blackdowns provide a vehicle to survey and consider recent developments of drawing and painting in the British landscape tradition.

The exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into the ecological, social, industrial and historic issues particular to the Blackdown Hills over the same 100 year period, examining the values and characteristics which so attracted the Camden Town artists.

There are a series of walks, talks and workshops during the exhibition, which runs to 3rd June.

London Trees, a free exhibition at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, until 24th April, is a collaboration between the Arborealists and Urban Contemporaries.

Featuring a diverse range of paintings, prints and drawings on the rich and vital subject of the trees of London, it aims to raise awareness of the importance of trees for the people who live in the capital.

Each artist responds to the subject, exploring ideas about trees, with many varied interpretations. Some observe the way trees can be street architecture and urban decoration, some consider the ecological dimensions and trees as the lungs of the city, and some show trees in opposition to or in harmony with their surroundings and as depositories of history.

Trees have enjoyed a long and significant legacy in British art history as part of the landscape tradition. They also sustain our existence. At a time of international anxiety about the existential threats of climate change and global warming, the role of nature and trees in London has never been more pertinent.

The exhibitors include John Blandy, Lraa Cobden, Julie Held, Nahem Shoa, Alexandra Blum and Melissa Scott-Miller, as well as several with work at Honiton, including Philippa Beale, Tim Craven, Ferha Farooqui and Frank Creber.

Pictured are the posters for both exhibitions, Marking Out The Boundaries 3 by Day Bowman, from Paradise Found, and images from London Trees, including Abi Kremer’s painting.