The Imlay

Tree cross section relief print range.
10 pulled prints only
Current edition number 2/10

This beautiful piece is named after George Imlay. George was born in 1794 in Scotland, he travelled to Australia (Sydney) on the Roslin Castle, as a Royal Navy Surgeon-Superintendent in charge of the medical care of prisoners. It was in Australia he joined his brother Alexander in pastoral, whaling and shipping activities. In January 1838 George travelled to South Australia with livestock. While there he joined John Hill and become some of the first Europeans to cross the Central Mt Lofty Rangers and explorer through the Woodside district. This huge pine was located near the entrance to the town of Woodside alongside what is now the Amy Gillett Bikeway.

Wood Relief Prints

These collaborative beautiful large scale tree prints pay tribute to the library of information each one of these trees hold. The Dendrochronology not only tells us the age of the tree but the passage of time each tree has lived. With each tree growing one ring annually these rings show a story of drought, fire, disease, insect plagues, wildlife and excessive rain. Long after these trees have fallen they continue to change shape, swelling, splitting and contracting with the exposure to rain and sun.We source these cross sections from fallen trees in the Adelaide Hills and besides the environmental story each tree has a human story to tell. A marriage held under the shade of a once magnificent gum, the inspiration of the charcoal drawing of a cedar tree by Hans Heysen or a tree planted for a loved one passed too soon.Each section is carefully brought back to our studio where we plane, sand and char the surface to reveal the depth of the rings, a process that can take days to complete. Ink is then applied to the surface and the canvas to the ink, careful rubbing completes the process. Only 10 prints are taken from each tree and every print will be unique.

Canvas framed in Australian Oak

Other available prints

Once framed approx 1420 x 1120