Appleby's drawings amplify each environment's simplicity and purity with an aim of clarification. These clean minimal spaces offer little information yet have an authority to describe a magnitude. The non-narrative architectural spaces make enquiries of the memory, knowledge and experience of human space.


Jemma Appleby's work is an investigation into the complex relationship between architecture and landscape.

The forest landscape is used as a haven for solitude and calmness, where the slightest change can result in phenomenological moments which twist the already sublime environment into moments of questioning.

As with the forest, architecture has been a focus in the work, referencing utopias and enriched futures. Architectural forms have been used to explore the themes of shelter and protection by generating structures of physical impossibility. Initially the structures integrated into the landscape are based on Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses. They give the illusion of a structure offering refuge, however they are no more than geometric planes creating a facade. It is our desire to be protected in an unknown environment which allows the audience to believe these constructions are complete dwellings.

Elements of space, volume and structure are heightened in order to allow landscape to become the architecture in a harmony of imbalance. They have become entwined and play with the perception of reality and illusion by creating a relationship between encounter of the natural world and invention.


1987 Born, London
Lives and works in London and Hampshire


2006 - 2009 1st Class BA Hons Fine Art Painting
City and Guilds of London Art School

2005 - 2006 Foundation Art Studies
Byam Shaw School of Art


Chateau de Blavou Residancy in association with Forum des Arts, Normandy, July 2013
Meantime Residency in association with The Open West, March 2012
The Arts Club Prize for Finest Drawing, National Open Art Competition Chichester, October 2010
Royal Society of British Artists residency award at The British School at Rome July 2010
The Haworth Trust Award for Painting 2009

Selected Exhibitions

2018 November The Derwent Art Prize, The Pencil Museum - Cumbria
2018 November 67 York Street - Marylebone
2018 September St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery - St Ives
2018 September The Derwent Art Prize, Town Hall Arts - Trowbridge
2018 September Propeller Foundry Open Studio - London
2018 September The Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries - London
2018 August Making Space, Kobi & Teal - Frome, Somerset
2018 July The Arborealists & guests, Black Swan Arts - Frome, Somerset
2018 June Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts - London
2018 March ArtRooms Roma - Rome, Italy
2017 December The Art of Trees, Art Bermondsey Project Space - London
2017 December Be Right Back, Manuel Vason Studio - London
2017 December Browns East - London
2017 September Four Fingers and a Thumb, Strand Gallery - London
2017 September Propeller Foundry Open Studio - London
2017 July Les Arborealistes - L'art des arbres, Les Dortoirs des Moines - Poitiers, France
2017 March Architecture As Metaphor, Griffin Gallery - London
2017 March The Contemporary London, Affordable Art Fair - Battersea, London
2017 February Peripheries at Lisa Norris Gallery - London
2016 December LA.CU.NA, LAMB Arts - London
2016 October Art Bo, LAMB Arts - Bogota, Colombia
2016 September Propeller Foundry Open Studio - London
2016 April The Arborealists return to St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery - Hampshire
2016 March Chicks with Bricks, Cannes - France
2015 October Propeller Foundry Open Studio - London
2015 September LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair - London
2015 September Arborealists: The Art of Trees, Mottisfont Abbey - Hampshire
2015 June Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts - London
2015 May Secret Postcard Auction, The Royal West of England Academy - Bristol
2015 January Antlers Gallery, London Art Fair - London
2014 December Arboretum, Royal West of England Academy - Bristol
2014 October Foundry Gallery - London
2014 September Contemporary and Modern British Drawings, The Art Stable - Dorset
2014 September Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Jerwood Visual Arts - London
2014 July Perfectionism: A Method of Practice, Griffin Gallery - London
2014 April Exploration, Antlers - Bristol
2014 April Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree, Gerald Moore Gallery - London
2014 January Sarah O'Kane Contemporary Fine Art, London Art Fair
2013 October Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in association with Southampton City Art Gallery - Lymington
2013 October Postcard from my Studio, ACME Project Space - London
2013 July Strange Worlds - Forum des Arts, Chateau de Blavou - Normandy
2013 February About Town, Sarah O'Kane Contemporary Fine Art - Lewes
2012 November Griffin Art Prize - London
2012 October Hayloft Contemporary, Affordable Art Fair - London
2012 August Ludlow Open - Ludlow
2012 March Holon 1:14.013, Solo show, Meantime - Cheltenham
2012 March The Open West 2012, Gloucester Cathedral - Gloucester
2011 December Now is my Winter, Griffin Rayne Gallery - London
2011 September Outside In, Store Street Gallery - London
2011 September One Alfred Place Autumn 2011, Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art - London
2011 August Artworks Open 2011, Barbican Arts Group Trust - London
2011 March Exhausted Colour, Griffin Rayne Gallery - London
2011 March RBA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries - London
2010 December Intimate Spaces, Galerie8 - London
2010 November The National Open Art Competition - Chichester
2010 October Along These Lines, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Romsey
2010 September Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries - London
2010 August Hampshire Open Studios - Lymington
2010 February Young Talents, Affordable Art Fair - Brussels
2009 October The Recent Graduates 2009, Affordable Art Fair - London
2009 August Hampshire Open Studios - Lymington
2009 June City and Guilds of London Art School Degree Show - London
2008 June Trinity Buoy Wharf - London
2008 May The Jago - London
2007 June Art Space Interim Show - London
2006 September Babington House - London
2006 May Eltham College - London
2006 March Stark Gallery - Canterbury


The Guardian - 'Into the Woods' - Exhibition review by Rachel Cooke, 2017
'Trebuchet' Issue 2, 2017 ISSN:1753-030X
'BE: The journal of the Built Environment Trust', 2017
'Les Arborealistes: L'art des arbres' Poitiers, France, 2017 ISBN:978-0-9555510-5-5
'Architecture as Metaphor', 2017 ISBN:978-0-9954639-6-7
Blouin Art Info - 'What to See, and Buy, Art Bo', Exhibition review, 2016
'The Arborealists: The art of the tree' by Angela Summerfield and Peter Davis 2016 ISBN 978-1908326867
House & Garden - profile by Emily Tobin, March 2016
Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree from Constable to Kurt Jackson by Anne Anderson 2013 ISBN 978-1-908326-30-0
Holon | Hutong | Jubilee Handmade limited edition book 2012
Gallery View, The Market, business investment magazine, September 2011
Press release, Threadneedle Prize, 2010


Permanent collection at the Royal Academy of Engineering
#1110515, charcoal on paper, 30 x 30cm, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2015
'Democracy', site specific drawings for permanent collection, Macaulay Library, Babington House School, Kent, 2013
Permanent collection at Hartnett Holder & Co, Limewood Hotel, Lyndhurst, 2013
Permanent collection at Whitley Ridge Hotel, Brockenhurst, 2009
The Culture Show Special Edition: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009, BBC2, June 2009