Olive Tree II

Olive Tree II


David Smith-Harrison

(American, b. 1959)

Color etching, aquatint, roulette, and engraving

Support: Wove paper

Sheet: 91 x 77 cm (35 13/16 x 30 5/16 in.); Platemark: 63.8 x 60.3 cm (25 1/8 x 23 3/4 in.)

Carole W. and Charles B. Rosenblatt Endowment Fund 2004.37

Edition: 50

Impression: 34/50



David Smith-Harrison describes his prints as conversations among various elements: space, composition, perspective, and ornament. In "Olive Tree" II, the artist juxtaposes an olive tree with a cityscape based on Granada, Spain. The carefully crafted rendition of both tree and architecture emphasizes the sense of permanance. The out-of-scale olive tree, a species that can live 500 years, hovers above an historic city. A haze of pale pink, the glow of a rosy sunset, intensifies the dreamlike atmosphere.

An excellent draftsman, the artist explains, "My approach to printmaking relies very much on drawing. I am fascinated with the magic of drawing, of making marks which provide parallels with experience; marks which are able to express my feelings for form, space, light, and movement. I also consider drawing to be a very personal, searching process, and a tool for developing my powers of observation and memory.

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