Highgate art exhibit inspired by Hampstead Heath

When the waves of the pandemic stranded London, Rachael Weitzman found escape and refuge in Hampstead Heath.

His exhibition of paintings made during this period is a celebration of the green space and its hundred-year-old trees.

She describes her works in oil on linen or acrylic on paper as “portraits” of trees. Inspired by Japanese prints and 20th century abstracts, the painting forms a trellis of trunks and branches speckled with light or silhouetted against the sky – evoking the strange rather than the picturesque.

A resident of North London, when she first visited the Heath, she lost her bearings and was amazed at its size – loving the feeling of being lost in a desert.

A detail of Rachael Weitzman’s x exhibiting at the Highgate Gallery from October 1 to 14
– Credit: Courtesy of the artist

“There is something really magical about this wooded area, it is so unusual, even outside of London, to find such ancient trees on non-farm land. The people who run it have done a fantastic job of keeping it up to date. ‘maintain intact, “says Weitzman. , a graduate of Chelsea College of Art.

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The Heath In The Waves which takes place at Highgate Gallery, comes at a time when Heath is celebrating 150 years since the Act of Parliament that saved it from development.

In recognition of how comforting this has been to many lately, 10 percent of sales from Weitzman’s show go to the Heath Hands conservation charity.

The Heath In The Waves takes place October 1-14 at the Highgate Gallery, Highgate Lit and Sci, South Grove, Highgate.

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