b.1950

Jake Attree

Jake Attree's work hints at the inner life of his figures and city. The high impasto surfaces of his studies of York Minster draw the viewer in like a garden maze, leading us down medieval streets and suggesting a city so ancient that we will never fully know it. His oil pastels appear more translucent, like film stills shot in diffused light. These images seem to be frozen in time, hinting at a deeper meaning beneath every face and landscape, which we can only begin to grasp if the world slows down around us.

“For me, drawing is the grammar of visual language; it is the way I explain the world to myself, wordlessly. It is both an obsession and a compulsion that takes me away from myself and brings me into a kind of harmony with that which I am drawing. We have been drawing – or something very like it – since the time of the cave paintings at Lascaux and Altamira. Drawing, like all truly creative activity, is not an entertainment or pastime, but rather something fundamental t ...

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Exhibition Highlights

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Messum's, London (two man show with David Blackburn)

2014 Brian Sinfield, Burford

2013 The New School House Gallery, York

2012 Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden

Hester Gallery, Leeds

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Recent Press

Documentary portrait of artist Jake Attree to be premiered at York Art Gallery

The Yorkshire Press, February, 2017

Brooksbank Joins Groundbreaking Art Exhibition

Halifax Courier, January, 2015

Exhibition Opening at Brooksbank School in Elland

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, January, 2015

Q&A with Yorkshire artist Jake Attree

Living North, January, 2015

Collections

York Art Gallery

Bradford Museums & Galleries

Leeds City Council

City of Dortmund

Hartlepool City Art Gallery

Sheffield University Fine Art Society

Calderdale Museums & Galleries

Paintings in Hospitals

Nuffield Trust, London

Provident Financial, Bradford

Private and corporate collections in Great Britain, USA, Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany and Sweden


Publications

Jake Attree

Studio Publications 2013
£15.00

Elemental North - 2014

Studio Publications 2014
£15.00

The Elemental North 2015 (Attree/Blackburn)

Studio Publications 2015
£15.00

The Studio - Winter 2016

Studio Publications 2016
£15.00

Jake Attree

Studio Publications 2017
£7.50



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Exhibition Archive

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Messum's, London (two man show with David Blackburn)

2014 Brian Sinfield, Burford

2013 The New School House Gallery, York

2012 Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden

Hester Gallery, Leeds

Hartlepool Art Gallery

2011 Hart Gallery, Islington

New Schoolhouse Gallery, York

2010 Huddersfield Art Gallery

2009 Hart Gallery, Islington

George Smith, Chelsea

Shadbolts Solicitors – Loan Exhibition

2008 Dean Clough, Halifax

2007 Winchester College

Hart Gallery, Islington

Manor House, Ilkley

2006 York Minster, Inaugural Exhibition for Creation: Artists working for York Minster

2005 Hart Gallery, London

2004 Dean Clough, Halifax (Retrospective)

2003 Bruton Gallery, New York

Hart Gallery, London

2002 39 Essex Street, London

2000 Bruton Gallery, Leeds

Cartwright Hall, Bradford

Dean Clough, Halifax

1999 Huddersfield Art Gallery

The View Gallery, Liverpool

Mid-Pennine Arts, Burnley

1998 Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, Artspace Gallery, London

Batley Art Gallery, West Yorkshire

1997 National Lotteries Charities Board, London

1996 New York Paintings and New York Drawings, Dean Clough, Halifax (two exhibitions)

'City Visions', Leeds City Art Gallery

Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, Art Space Gallery, London

1994 Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, Art Space Gallery, London

Dean Clough, Halifax

1991 Leader’s Office, Civic Hall, Leeds (Loan Exhibition)

1990 Sheffield University Art Tower

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 'Art & Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney', Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

2012 Views of York, Fairfax House, York

2008 Meyer Brown, London

London Art Fair

2007 39 Essex Street, London

2006 Collyer Bristow, London

Dean Clough Halifax (Curator’s Choice)

2002 Bonhams, Leeds (Hart Gallery Show)

2001 Bruton Gallery, Leeds (London and Leeds)

1999 Rowe & Maw, London

1997 Northern Light: The Ninth Provident Financial Triennial Exhibition (Banqueting Hall, Whitehall)

1996 Hull, St Katherine’s Dock Development

The Crescent, Scarborough

1995 City Art Gallery, Hartlepool

1994 RIBA “Site Gallery”, Leeds (two exhibitions)

1993 Leeds Centenary Exhibition, Leeds University Gallery

'A City Made Visible', Leeds City Art Gallery

1990 Cadogan Contemporary Art, London

1989 'Exchanges', Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund

'Art ‘92', Generals Huis, Maastricht

1987 New Grafton Gallery, London

1986 Thackeray Gallery, Kensington Square, London (also in 1985 and 1984)

1985 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (also in 1975)

1984 GLC Spirit of London Exhibition (Highly Commended)

1982 Summer Show 1, Serpentine Gallery, London

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Press Archive

Exhibition Opening at Brooksbank School in Elland

Huddersfield Daily Examiner, January, 2015

Q&A with Yorkshire artist Jake Attree

Living North, January, 2015