Tree Series – Shepherd Tree


Renowned South African Master Printmaker, John Moore, invites us to immerse ourselves in the heart of the African wilderness through his captivating three-part linocut series, “Whispers of the Wilderness.” This extraordinary collection celebrates the majestic beauty of Southern Africa’s iconic trees: the Leadwood, the Jackalberry, and the Shepherd Tree, while offering a delightful secret to those who look closely – the presence of little birds hidden within the branches.

Moore’s linocut of the Shepherd Tree invites viewers to admire the stark beauty of this desert survivor. The tree’s distinctive silhouette is rendered with a profound sense of isolation and resilience. Within its branches, the elusive little birds flit and perch, becoming a symbol of life’s persistence even in the harshest environments.

“Whispers of the Wilderness” is more than a visual exploration of nature; it is an intimate conversation between the artist and the South African landscape. Moore’s linocuts, with their meticulous attention to detail and hidden avian companions, beckon us to connect with the spirit of the wild, inviting us to listen to the whispers of these ancient trees and the untamed heart of South Africa.

John Moore’s linocut series not only pays homage to the natural world but also invites us to explore the hidden stories within the landscape, where the smallest creatures hold a special place in the heart of Southern Africa’s iconic trees. This series serves as a testament to the artistry of a South African Master Printmaker, capturing the essence of the land and its inhabitants in a unique and captivating way.

Medium: Linocut and Embossed Print

Paper Size: 92 x 92 cm | 36 x 36 in