Michael Amery is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa with a graphic design background. His series of drawings in charcoal and India ink called “Trees by man” explores the boundary between the natural world and man-shaping of the landscape. Pines and gum trees populate huge canvas; while at first they appear as a natural settings to the viewer’s eye, they soon reveal geometrical patterns imposed to the growth of the plants.
Amery plays with different codes, subtly quoting English landscape paintings or even Renaissance compositions. He emphasizes perspectives, organization in grids, rhythm, underlying the displacement between the depiction of a natural reality and the industrialization of nature itself.
All images © Michael Amery