Indigenous: originating and naturally occurring in a region.
Robertson has always taken a similar approach to his landscapes as the Chinese Monumental Landscape Painters, who saw the forms in nature as being a testament to something much greater than themselves. This influence is also prevalent in the ink work that has become synonymous with his diverse styles. Unlike his previous exhibit which explored the duality in combat sports using a similar technique, this subject matter is treated with a quiet reverence, giving the sense that each tree is almost sentient, a silent witness to a chaotic world.
These works have been a solitary exploration for Robertson, both in the portraiture of each tree and also in the physical exploration, the act of going to great lengths to find them.
The trees, some of which are titled by their co-ordinates, are found all across the country. Robertson journeyed by road, by foot and by bike to find each tree. In doing so he has come across many travellers who have challenged him with finding more.
This is an ongoing project, a personal tribute to our diverse and beautiful landscape but one that Res has prompted the artist to share.
We welcome you to the opening on Thursday the 17th of October and personally invite you to share your own insights with the artist and us on the night.