Created in response to the plight of Britain's 'Venus of the woods’ - the name given to the ash by woodsmen of old - caused by ash dieback, this large block print celebrates the ancient, native tree. The ash stands at a crossroads in a bucolic landscape, surrounded by figures from times past. Among them is a herdsman who carries an ash stick to keep the Evil Eye away from his prize heifer, a country girl who, hoping to meet her true love, keeps an 'even ash' leaf in her glove, a ‘gentleman of the road’ who uses his ash staff to draw a circle around a snake (magically compelling it to stay within the confines of the circle), and a woodsman who kneels reverently beneath the great tree. There is a plethora of animals too: a fox, a sparrowhawk, dogs, a hare, an owl, a crow, a shrew, a swan, a cow, a horse, an adder, a guinea fowl, a badger and a butterfly.
'Ode to the Ash' block prints are available in 'Carbon black' ink on white, 285gsm archival printmaking paper (as shown) or in Blue grey on ivory stock. The former is limited to 50 editions, the latter to 100. All prints are numbered and signed by the artist, Cameron Short, in pencil. Dimensions - Width: 71cm Height: 100cm
*Second image has been cropped in order to accommodate it digitally.