Vin Ryan : tree game

For over four years, artist Vin Ryan has been drawing trees around his Sunshine home in Melbourne's western suburbs. Over this period, Ryan has produced a beautifully rendered portrait of his neighbourhood.

Art Exhibition previously on at Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.
From Wednesday 28 October 2009 to Sunday 06 December 2009

Red tree, Sunshine 2008 image

Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Wednesday 16 December 2009.
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But Ryan does not draw just any trees. He is interested in those trees that have been shaped by council and power company workers. We’ve all seen these trees. They have vast gaps cut into them, to make way for power lines or access to somewhere else. For Ryan, these tree-sculptures are a form of banal topiary.

Ryan eliminates background streets, fences and wires. His meticulously drawn trees are transformed into fantastical silhouettes, absurd found objects or Rorschach inkblots.

Tree game , a survey of Ryan’s touching drawings, is now on display at MGA. Together, Ryan’s drawings reveal a lot about our approach to nature, especially in the suburbs. They tell us that while we are happy to have nature in our suburbs, it shouldn’t “get in the way”.