Trees and Tree Men

Trees and tree men have long been a significant element in my work. The image of a human sprouting branches and becoming treelike is one I find oddly compelling. There are myths and legends of treelike beings in several cultures that I know of, but I think this originates back to Hieronymus Bosch and the tree man in the “Musical Hell” panel of the Garden of Earthly Delights triptych. When I was a teenager I had a poster of that panel on my wall, and later, when I lived in Madrid, I could visit the original (though not frequently enough, in retrospect) in the Prado.

Here, below, are 4 new images (done with the brush pen, my new drawing tool — see post below) that deal in some way with this theme. All images are 16.5″ x 14″, from 2011.

Bosch's Tree Man Goes Walking

Bosch's Tree Man Goes Walking

The Tree Man Laughs

The Tree Man Laughs

The Branch Manager

The Branch Manager

The Rise of the Man Tree

The Rise of the Man Tree

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  1. #1 by Van Odell on April 14, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    This is some great stuff, it reminds me a bit of Odilon Redon and I love this kind of stylized drawing.

  2. #2 by aytonart on April 14, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    Thanks for stopping by & leaving the comments!

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