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Tree Portraits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Two pictures, Ilex Aquifolium and Fagus II, from the Tree Portraits series, a collaborative project between Emma Buckmaster and Janet French have been selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016.


Ilex Aquifolium

This year there is a special emphasis on artists who work together. The BBC have been filming Janet and Emma’s journey through the selection process for their programme, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 11th June.


Fagus II

Tree Portraits are a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees own leaves. The leaves of each tree behave differently and the process is one of continuous experimentation. The leaves are collected and after a prolonged process of soaking and boiling, delicate sheets of paper are created using only the natural constituents of the leaves to bind them together. Whilst the paper is still damp the etched image is printed onto the leaves from a steel plate using a traditional etching press.


Janet and Emma met at The Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop and have been working together on this project for the last five years. More information on the Tree Portraits can be found on Janet and Emma’s websites:


The RA Summer Exhibition runs from 13th June – 21st August 2016.
The Royal Academy
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD

Art at the Six Bells – Janet French

Art at the Six Bells is a new art venture at Horringer Six Bells, a delightful country restaurant located near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. In the restaurant each month they will be showcasing the work of one artist. The first featured artist is Janet French, whose work will be on display in the restaurant from 10th December 2015 to 14th January 2016.


Janet French, Summer Evening, screenprint on handmade beech leaf paper

The preview evening is on Thursday 10th December at 6.30pm. There will be complimentary drinks and canapés and a short introduction from Janet about her work. Restaurant bookings can be made from 7.30pm. Tables can be booked online: www.horringersixbells.co.uk

If you would like to attend the special preview event at Horringer Six Bells, you will first need to request a free ticket by contacting Six Bells: http://www.horringersixbells.co.uk/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=28047

Janet French:
The ideas and images in my current work are drawn from trees and the spiritual impact of light seen through trees. I use a variety of printmaking mediums including linocuts, woodcuts, Japanese woodcut, screenprint and etching on to handmade paper which I create using leaves and fibres gathered from the local fields and woodlands on which my images are based.

The varied surfaces I am working on require different printmaking methods and I aim to create a symbiosis between print and paper by, for example, allowing the textured surface to break through the image or employing the translucent quality of the leaves by printing on the reverse and allowing the image to show through.

Art at the Six Bells – Janet French
10 December 2015 to 14 January 2016

Preview Event: 10 December 2015 at 6:30pm

Horringer Six Bells
The Street
Bury St. Edmunds
IP29 5SJ
Tel: 01284 735551



Artists in ARTWORKS: Janet French: My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Janet French

Winter Light III

Winter Light III

My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment. I work in tune with nature to create work that is testimony to…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.