Mark Munroe – Preston: Treescapes

Mark Munroe-Preston returns to Colonnade House with “Treescapes”, an exhibition of his latest artworks, as he continues to explore the woodlands and forests of the United Kingdom, searching for incredible locations to inspire him.

Mark’s work coalesces photography, painting and collage to create atmospheric pictures inspired by his experiences in nature. Beginning with images drawn from his expansive collection of original landscape photographs, he transforms them, revealing subtleties of colour, texture, light and form, while evoking the natural beauty and drama of the scenes, blurring the boundaries of what is traditionally considered photography and painting.

They are presented as limited edition prints on sheets of brushed aluminium, which gives the work a uniquely dynamic look, depth of colour and contemporary feel.

Trees are the focus of his art, transposing their energy as exceptional, complex organisms in our environment, each having its presence and characteristics from diminutive and delicate to monumental and sculptural. The emphasis on trees also comes from an appreciation of how fundamental they are with human life, affording us food, shade and materials as well as playing an ever-increasingly important role in our world ecosystems and clean air, yet all too often taken for granted.

Each of Mark’s works is titled with the GPS coordinates of where the original photograph was taken so they can be found on interactive maps, encouraging others to experience the locations in person.

Mark has lived and worked in Sussex for over twenty years during which time he has been exploring the local countryside with his camera and Scottish Terriers.


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