Blandy works on site painting the natural world and his responses to the same subject. This challenges him to see things afresh and to find ways to depict them anew and give form in an evolving response over time.
John Blandy has been working as an artist in residence in Wytham Wood this last four years. Each year he has followed an iconic tree through the seasons. This year the subject is an ash tree. This follows on from a hornbeam, a 600 year pollarded oak, and a beech facing the Chalet.
Each subject becomes like an old friend, yet each visit is a fresh meeting. This requires a consistency in the work, so the changes can be seen from painting to painting, as the story evolves.
John Blandy, a graduate of the RCA, has shown widely, particularly at Cassian de Vere Cole and the Francis Kyle Gallery. Series of his work are in the collections of Hammersmith Hospital and St George’s Hospital Tooting.
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