Photo: David Harker in London

David Harker

Artist, Maker

The recent drawings and prints in my portfolio are part of an ongoing project entitled Species of Trees influenced by the work of 18th Century English Landscape painter, Alexander Cozens. In 1771 The Shape, Skeleton and Foliage of 32 Species of Trees for the use of Painting and Drawing was published by Cozens illustrating the visible character of various species of trees. The vocabulary of marks used to render the tree images refer to the graphic art of 19th Century Japan and contemporary China particularly where the marks are reminiscent of those found in woodblock prints, screen prints and lithographs. Each image is based on the view of a particular tree. In this respect they could be interpreted as portraits as well as a feature of a landscape. These drawings make space visible, the area around the tree, and also a sense of volume and mass. The images appear as fragments taken out of context and out of the traditional pictorial frame whilst maintaining the formal elements of space and depth which form an image. The tree images, presented as fragments, acknowledge Alexander Cozens work of classification by drawing attention to the shape and skeleton of particular tree species. This project has been documented in a booklet entitled Species of Trees with contributions from Writer, Ciara Healy and Poet, Tamar Yoseloff.

Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions, Curating
Artforms / type of project Digital, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking
Tags Drawing, Landscape, Portrait, Place, environment, mark making, graphic art, painting, arts in health, illustration

News & Events

  • The Poetry of Lost Landscapes

    A review by 'Write Out Loud' of the launch of 'Nowheres', a collaboration of image and text. Review can be found at

  • On Landscape#2

    18/04/2015 – 16/05/2015
    Materia Gallery

    Group Exhibition

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  • Drawing the Line

    27/04/2015 – 27/06/2015
    Poetry Society

    Exhibition of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Poetry Reading and Workshop

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  • Group Exhibition

    30/09/2014 – 12/10/2014
    Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London

    Work selected for an Open Exhibition

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  • Species of Trees and Other Landscapes

    04/07/2014 – 18/07/2014
    Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF

    An exhibition of Paintings, Prints and Drawings including a series of workshops and a Poetry reading. The exhibition will showcase my Species of Trees project and series of landscape imagery.

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  • Paintings, Prints, Drawings

    13/12/2013 – 20/12/2013
    The Attic Gallery, 26 High Street, Pinner, Middlesex

    An exhibition of work produced in 2012 and 2013 including Faces of Health portrait project and 'Species of Trees'. New work will be shown which will also form part of an exhibition in 2014.

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