Philippa Beale
Philippa Beale
The Hunting Wood, France (2015)

In 2009 Philippa began to change direction from being a conceptual artist to focusing on painting trees. In 2013 she exhibited in the contemporary section of Under the Greenwood at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in the New Forest, and soon after became one of the founding members of The Arborealists movement. As a conceptual artist her work often involved trees. In 1978 she exhibited Collected from Here, a series of sculptures and photographs about her mother’s orchard at the Angela Flowers Gallery in London. Soon after Philippa exhibited thousands of real apples at The Richard Dermarco Gallery in Edinburgh. The ephemeral traces of her exhibitions are now at the Acme Gallery archive at The Whitechapel Gallery. Since the 1970s Philippa has exhibited work at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, The Arnolfini, Bristol, The Fruit Market in Edinburgh, The Royal Academy and many major galleries. In 1981 she exhibited in the Akulmulatory Gallery in Poland. In 1983 she became the first and only artist in residence at Southampton City Art Gallery. Philippa exhibited at Camden Arts Centre where she met the sculptor Neville Boden who elected her to the London Group. Later as president Philippa curated their exhibition at the Curve Gallery in the Barbican. Throughout this time she was producing films, billboards, sculpture and large permanent installations.The last of which was The fourteen Stations of the Cross at The Church of the Virgin at Vaux en Couhe, 86700 France. "When reviewing 30 years of work for my retrospective at the LCC galleries in 2007 I realised I had always being drawing trees," says Philippa. "Because they didn’t seem to be part of my agenda, I kept fairly quiet about, selling them cheaply to friends who appreciated them. After that exhibition I decided to live in the countryside in France where there were trees I loved and where I soon discovered that trees also have their political side. Visiting Gibraltar for 18 months to paint palm trees, I discovered their importance in the development of every major religion. The historical and cultural context of our lives quite literally grows from trees."

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