Fine Art Print - Bear Oak Leaves

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A genuine 'Giclée Fine Art' print taken from an original artwork titled 'Honey Bear Oak Dreams' by artist / printmaker Keeley Eastwood.

5% of the sale price for this print purchased through will be donated to Gisborne's Eastwoodhill Arboretum, a global tree sanctuary.

Inkjet ink on Epson Cold Press 310gsm paper (archival fine art quality inks and papers known for their longevity and clarity.)

Hand signed and dated by the artist before shipping.

Size of image (same as original): 200mm (w) x 255mm (h)
Size of paper: 239mm (w) x 314mm (h)

Generous white border around the image allows for easy framing.

Comes with the artist's write-up about the artwork attached to the backing board.

These Giclée Fine Art prints are produced by a highly reputable, award-winning individual fine art print producer in Wellington, New Zealand.

Shipped in a crisp Crystal Clear print bag with protective white backing board for professional presentation. Packed between cardboard for extra protection when shipped.

Frame not included.

All copyright / reproduction rights are reserved by the artist.

Other prints from Keeley's leaf monoprint project are also available (see other Felt listings.)

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About the original artwork:
The original artwork is a hand-coloured, handmade gel plate monoprint forming part of Keeley's wider leaf monoprint project. This was inspired by a magical family holiday to Gisborne's Eastwoodhill Arboretum in autumn 2021. Read on to the end for the full story.

Artist's statement:
“Cherished, worshipped and intertwined in ancient and present cultures around the world, the oak tree carries much symbolism, including wisdom, strength, stability, nobility, protection and healing.

Although the mighty oak has always inspired and had personal meaning for me, I was unaware of the sheer variety of oak species in existence – until, in autumn 2021, I partook in a family holiday / inspirational art trip to New Zealand’s stunning Eastwoodhill Arboretum. Just a quick online search reveals that there are in fact around 500 species of oak in the world!

The leaves I used to create this monoprint are from the smallish, knarled, hardy Bear Oak – yet another variety I had no idea existed until our Arboretum visit. Its name is reportedly associated with the fact that only bears like to eat its very bitter acorns.

This artwork turned into a bit of a wild ride for me, as it took me to all kinds of places and levels of frustration! It was a long time before I resolved it in a way that had structure and meaning for me. At one point I was even craving chocolate, mocha and caramel lattés while working on it – perhaps due to the colours and textures that were coming through? It also brought up associations with childhood favourites such as Winnie-the-Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps there was a touch of escapism going on here? I think I even dreamed about. Hence, the crazy name!”

The story behind Keeley's leaf monoprint project:
Several years ago Whanganui-based artist / printmaker Keeley Eastwood and photographer Bradley Mosen attended a ‘bee forage’ workshop being run by Canadian Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd from an open garden near Hawera, South Taranaki as part of the annual Taranaki Garden Festival.

The workshop’s focus was which kinds of flowering plants and trees to plant in your garden to provide the best nutrition for foraging bees.

Dr Newstrom-Lloyd is a specialist in pollination ecology and flower biology and is associated with the ‘Trees for Bees NZ’ programme. At the time she ran the workshop, she was carrying out related research at Gisborne’s ‘Eastwoodhill Arboretum.’

And so, it was at this Taranaki-based bee / garden workshop that Keeley and Brad first heard about Eastwoodhill Arboretum − and they set a goal to one day take a road-trip to Gisborne and visit this global safe haven for threatened and endangered trees.
In autumn 2021 their wish came true as they and their young son finally had the opportunity to do just that − and they spent what they describe as a ‘magical family holiday’ at the Arboretum.

They enjoyed many-a-walk through the sanctuary’s woodland tree groves − delighting in wading through mound upon mound of fallen leaves and exploring the sanctuary's stunning autumn colour in full.

While doing so, they also endeavoured to capture the sanctuary’s essence and beauty through their art.

While Brad used his photography skills to capture what he could by camera, Keeley and their son set about collecting as many different fallen leaves as they could carry back to the common room − the cosy hub where the family spent their evenings while staying at the Arboretum.

Using these leaves, Keeley then partook in some epic experimental on-site printmaking sessions – and this is what kicked off her ongoing ‘leaf monoprint’ art project.

In September 2022, Keeley and Brad launched the results of their artistic efforts - in the form of Keeley's handmade monoprints and Brad's photography - at their 'Capturing the Fall' exhibition at Hawera's Lysaght Watt Gallery.

In recognition of the artistic inspiration it provided – and in an effort to help raise awareness of the sanctuary and its global work − Keeley and Brad will donate to the Arboretum a percentage of the sales proceeds from this work.

Written by Keeley Eastwood Artist / Printmaker

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