Since the 1960's John Jones has been producing high quality hand-made canvases for renowned artist David Hockney. For his monumental work, 'Bigger Trees Near Warter' Hockney set his easel up en plein air to produce a 40ft x 15ft work that consisted of 50 separate John Jones canvases. “It’s only having seen a tree’s inner structure, with its branches laid bare in winter,” Hockney explains, that one “learns to experience, and then to render, that tree’s subsequent summer fullness—and then vice versa.”
As Hockney paints en plein air he had to conceive a way to overcome transportation problems and the Yorkshire elements of rain, wind and snow! The canvases are designed to be manageable in size yet sturdy enough to take into the fields. Each canvas stretcher measures 108 x 144’’, suitable dimensions for use on an easel and easily transportable back to the studio. The resulting artworks joined together to create a large-scale multi-canvas piece now owned by TATE.
Each canvas is produced from our large section tulip wood stretcher bars and oil primed linen, museum quality materials which, if stored correctly, will not warp or deteriorate over time. These materials are designed to protect the longevity and ultimately the financial value of Hockney's work for years to come. Find out more about his professional art materials in our online store!
Bigger Trees Near Water, 2007
Bespoke stretched canvases