Nick Lenz Exhibition
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Source: Growing Bonsai Blog.
Nick Lenz is an American bonsai artist. Some of his best known trees are the combination of the statue of Penelope, embraced by a Larch, and the Devil’s Cedar, a Northern White Cedar with deadwood that gives the impression of a devils’ head. Both bonsai give an out of this world / fairy tale impression that is so characteristic for Lenz’ trees. He once commented on his own style -paraphrasing- “Now that I have gotten pretty good at this bonsai thing, what can I do with it?”. The result has been an endless supply of weird combos, depicting a fantasy world where traditional art and bonsai come together. Nick Lenz poster To honor his career, some friends of his together with the USA National Arboretum in Washington DC staged an exhibition of a number of his trees and pots. This exhibition took place from October 26th to November 17th 2019. I had the luck of seeing the show in the last weekend it took place. Some of the images I took below. Nick Lenz’ bonsai vision When looking at the images it is important to realize one thing. In his work, Lenz tried to convey the natural style for the tree in a harsh landscape. Often in Bonsai we see that very old, rough looking trunks are collected. Over the years these trunks are given a perfectly styled green canopy. To Lenz, this is a contrast too big to be realistic. When they grow a trunk with loads of deadwood…
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