by Bryan Nash Gill (1961 - 2013)
If there is, indeed, nothing lovelier than a tree, Connecticut-based artist Bryan Nash Gill has shown us why. By creating large-scale relief prints from the cross sections of trees, the artist has revealed the sublime power locked inside their arboreal rings. Patterns not only of great beauty but also year-by-year records of the life and times of fallen or damaged logs. Using wood rescued from the property surrounding his studio and neighboring land, Gill extracted and prepared blocks of various species (including ash, maple, oak, spruce, and willow), making prints by carefully following and pressing the contours of rings and ridges, transferring these intricate designs from tree to paper. The results of this process are colored, nuanced shapes—mesmerizing impressions of the structural integrity hidden inside each tree. These exquisitely detailed prints are collected and published here for the first time, with an introduction by esteemed nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg and an interview with the artist describing his labor-intensive printmaking process.
Also featured are Gill's series of printed lumber and offcuts, such as burls, branches, knots, and scrubs. Woodcut will appeal to anybody who appreciates the grandeur and mystery of trees, as well as those who work with wood and marvel at the rich history embedded in its growth.