Arbor una nobilis: A selling exhibition of tree paintings by Rupert Shrive

1 - 15 May 2021

Over the last few years, a recurring subject of Rupert Shrive's painting has been a pair of fig trees in the Spanish city of Valencia where the artist has previously lived. While Shrive's practice revolves primarily around abstracting human form, these tree compositions have a life of their own - full of character and thematic importance, they evoke the full figurative power of Shrive's style. 


As part of this mini selling exhibition of Shrive's paintings of trees, Arbor una nobilis, we are very grateful to writer Christopher Howse (author of Soho in the Eighties and The Train in Spain) who has contributed an essay on the topic of this body of work, which is published below. 


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