David Smith-Harrison by Old Towne Gallery



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Drawing is of central importance to me. 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.

My approach to etching relies very much on drawing. I am attracted to the infinite possibilities of impressing ink onto paper and I find the unique textural characteristics of etchings to be stimulating, seductive, and full of subtlety and nuance. My etchings evolve and develop slowly. This gradual process allows me to become very involved with the subject. Because of this intense and continual observation, I feel I am able to make a sensitive, and intimate statement about the subject.

I am naturally attracted towards realism and approach my work knowing that both conscious and unconscious influences will impart its direction. I feel that these influences have been the collective theories of picture-making. I carefully examine the work of fellow artists, both past and present, and believe that I gain enrichment and understanding from these reflections and study. I have an enormous respect for the art of the past and particularly for that of the great draftsmen of the Italian Renaissance. I believe that one can retain respect for great masters without necessarily imitating or becoming subordinate to them. I realize that my art comes from both art history and life, and I believe there is succession and lineage in all art.

Life presents us with many choices to reveal and understand ourselves. If we are considered to be different or out of step, society often places an obligation on us not to show our emotions or aspects of our true selves. Self-concealment therefore becomes a natural part of self preservation. I believe that image-making can help us gain nearness to our own psychological realities. I seek to understand my needs and desires by recording my observations, thereby striving to make sense of and finding joy in the human experience.

I approach the making of images seriously and hope that they will reveal something poetic and universally true about our human condition. Converting ideas into marks and lines on the paper or printing plate excites my mind and invigorates my imagination. When this goes well, it provides intense pleasure which delights me and enriches my life, and hopefully the lives of others.

David Smith Harrison's works of art can be found in numerous locations around the world; below you will find a partial list:

  • The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
  • Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT
  • Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Ohio
  • Cadence Corporation, San Jose, CA
  • Coopers and Lybrand, St. Louis, MO
  • Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Warner Brothers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kaiser Foundation, Oakland, CA
  • Merrill Lynch, Cupertino, CA
  • Time Warner, New York, NY
  • American Express Assurance Co., San Rafael, CA
  • Johnson & Johnson, New York, NY
  • Time Warner, New York, NY
  • Cogent Data Technology, Inc., Friday Harbor, CA
  • Merrill Lynch, Cupertino, CA
  • Nordstrom, Seattle, WA
  • Lifescan, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson
  • Landor Associates, San Francisco, CA
  • George Lucas, Lucasfilms Ltd., San Rafael, CA
  • Wayne Getzky, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Michael Richards, Los Angeles, CA
  • Joanna Cassidy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stuart & Linda Resnick, Los Angeles
  • Private collections in Japan, Taiwan Republic of China, Spain, and the United States


  • 1984 University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1983 South Glamorgan Institute, Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
  • 1977-78, 1981-83 Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • 1977 Utah State Sterling Scholar


  • 2007 Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA
  • 2006 The Dovetail Collection, Healdsburg, CA
  • 2005 Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 Tula Prints, Cordoba, Spain
  • 1999 The Artful Eye, Calistoga, CA
  • 1998 The Artful Eye, Healdsburg, CA
  • Evolving Space, San Francisco, CA
  • Hallside Gallery, Univerity Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1997 Evolving Space, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996 Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Evolving Space, San Francisco, CA
  • 1995 Pioneer Memorial Theatre, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rasmussen Art Gallery, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
  • 1994 J.D. Neumann, San Francisco, CA
  • 1993 Sala d'art Josep Bages, Torre Muntadas, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • LeCelle Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
  • 1990 Loge Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1988 Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA