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In 2020, Alex Katz exhibited Trees, a new series of three monumental paintings featuring early spring trees in Pennsylvania, at the chapel Sant’Andrea de Scaphis in Rome. From this series, Katz selected two paintings to be envisioned as prints using lithography, woodcut, and silkscreen techniques. Honoring the majestic presence of the earth’s landscapes, both prints elevate the perspective of the trees to express a reverence for nature and its cyclical processes.
Tree 10 is a 10-run silkscreen using transparent inks to build density and create soft transitions in values capturing the depth of the tree. Transparent blues form the cerulean sky in contrast to the stark form of the tree and its branches rendered in monochromatic tones.