Attree is celebrated for his evocations of cityscapes and landscapes. He is both a formal and modernist painter, who values the construction of his painting as much as the subject matter. Thus, Attree focuses on layering up patches of paint in a 'square-brush technique', also known as impasto, seen in the work of Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.
Born in York in 1950, Jake Attree now lives and works in West Yorkshire, based at a studio in a mill complex in Dean Clough, Halifax. Over the past 25 years Attree has shown widely across Europe and in America.
His work is exhibited in the collections at York Art Gallery, Leeds City Council, Bradford Museums and Galleries, and Hartlepool City Art Gallery to name but a few. Attree is in many important private and corporate collections in Great Britain, USA, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany and Sweden.
Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Paul Klee's 'Magic Squares' paintings, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Jasper Johns, Breugel, Pissarro and Nicolas de Stael.