Our final exhibition of the year, ‘Tree Portraits’ by Keith Tutt, represents his work over the past two to three years, since Keith decided to make trees the main focus of his painting practice.

Keith grew up in a small woodland in Sevenoaks, Kent, which was all but destroyed by the storms that hit England on the night of October 15, 1987. While Keith saw the existential effects that this had on his father, James Tutt, a great lover of trees, it took some time to understand what this event signified personally. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Keith started to grow oak trees from seed at his home in south Norfolk.

This new exhibition of tree portraits represents the first time that Keith has combined his painting practice with his love of trees. Since 2019 Keith has been visiting woodland and parkland sites in Norfolk to make connections with, and capture images of, individual trees and groups in different seasonal and weather conditions.

“I’ve always had an absolute fascination with trees of all species, but particularly with more native trees like sweet chestnut, silver birch, alders, beeches and, of course, oaks. In these paintings I hope to reveal the unique characters and presences of trees, both individually and in connected groups. I do believe it’s possible to make deep connections with these extraordinary representatives of nature.

Keith’s exhibition Tree Portraits will run from 12-18 December, 2021 at West Acre Gallery.

Opening times:

  • Sunday 12th December: 2pm-6pm (private view with tea and cake)
  • Monday 13th December: 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday 14th December: 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday 15th December: 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 16th December: 10am-1pm
  • Friday 17th December: 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 18th December: 10am-4pm