Unique tree artist brings exhibition to Durham Cathedral

Artist Ewan Anderson
Artist Ewan Anderson
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A PRIZE-WINNING artist, whose work is the only example of its kind in Britain, is mounting an exhibition at Durham Cathedral.

Ewan Anderson’s work is renowned for being a unique blend of artistic representation and botanical diagrammatic styles.

Sketches by Ewan Anderson

Sketches by Ewan Anderson

He trained at the Glasgow School of Art and is thought by the Royal Horticultural Society to be the only artist in Britain currently drawing and painting trees as complete botanical entities.

Developed from a lifetime interest in trees and drawing, Ewan furthered his passion through his work as an academic, largely in the Geography Department of Durham University.

Since retiring from academia in 2001, Ewan has been working on his technique, drawing exclusively outdoors trying to balance the botanical and the artistic.

His aim is to capture the spirit and character of each tree.

The artist said: “It is a particular pleasure for me to present this exhibition in the Galilee Chapel.

“To have my pictures around the tomb of the Venerable Bede, fulfils a long-held ambition as someone who has lived and worked in Durham for over 40 years.”

Ewan’s recent displays of his pencil sketches have included exhibitions at RHS Wisley and The National Memorial Arboretum, and a commission of drawing 12 Heritage trees for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London.

Ewan has also been asked to draw several trees in memory of people and he is the resident artist for the Woodland Burial Trust in Durham.

The exhibition, entitled Inspiration of Trees at Durham Cathedral, will be in the Galilee Chapel until May 26. It will comprise of 30 drawings, including the 12 Heritage trees from Kew and a number of Durham memorial trees.