Piers Greville’s ‘I Thought Nature Was A Place (Mitta Mitta Morning) is a painting of an isolated section of a tree trunk that began with an image of a human figure as its starting point and alludes to Jenny Saville’s seminal figurative artwork ‘Branded’ (1992). Also inspired by Timothy Morton’s book Ecology Without Nature, Greville’s painting confronts our fraught relationship with environmental care.
Greville’s art career developed later in life, but his keen awareness of our changing global climate has been nurtured since childhood. His concerns were fortified in the alpine regions of the world, following the winters from northern to southern hemispheres as a competitor in cross country skiing competitions. Greville began artistic collaborations and exhibitions in Sydney and Berlin, where he was invited to explore environmental themes in shows including Histories Collapse (2009), Precipitate (