Sun Tree Beginning

Sun Tree Beginning

  • Artist

    John Reynolds

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    acrylic, wax crayon, and oil stick on board

  • Size

    2400 x 2400 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1993

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Nov 1993

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    abstraction, trees

  • Description

    Sun Tree Beginning layers images and signs. A tree of life, whose raw, fleshy form comes from a 12th-century fresco of the Garden of Eden held in Madrid’s Prado Museum, is compared to a shaky diagram which could equally be a timber construction or a road map. John Reynolds ranges freely over grids and coordinates, his visual sources have an
    international scope. With lurid colours that evoke blood or advertising, he creates a map of veins, or city streets. ‘It’s an ongoing fascination for me . . . the ways geography and history
    get smudged.’

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