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Kathryn Lee Smith



    Provincetown Printmaker Kathryn Lee Smith has been making single-block color woodblock prints in the white-line tradition since 1981. She learned the method, developed in Provincetown in 1915, from her grandmother, artist Ferol Sibley Warthen, student of Blanche Lazzell’s, when she was four years old, continuing the legacy of this traditional American printmaking genre. Smith received her formal education at the University of Maryland (BA, Fine Arts), University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and University of Northern Colorado.


    In 1981, after revisiting this method with her grandmother, Smith turned from her previous work in painting and lithography to focus on developing the white-line print. Since that time she has continued to make and sell her own work, as well as lecturing extensively about this historical art form, and has spent the past 25 years teaching many students how to make these prints.


    Invited to Japan in 2003 by LamiaInk! Smith was asked to bring her knowledge of the American form of printmaking to Japanese artists in Kami Gori, Japan, and to exhibit her work in an exhibition of American and Japanese artists there.


    In 2008 Smith held a museum solo show at the New Bedford Museum of Art, which represented her work spanning three decades. In 2010 another solo museum show at the Cape Cod Museum of art represented prints form the early 1990’s through work completed in 2010. In 2012 Smith’s work was included in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s travelling exhibition “The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony”. Kathryn Smith has shown both nationally and internationally, with her works in private, museum and corporate collections worldwide. She is certified by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board for the following subjects of biographical record:“Who’s Who in American Women” in 2006-7, 2007-2008, 2010-1011, “Who’s Who in American Education 2006-2007, “Who’s Who in the World”, 2010, “Who’s Who in America” 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010, 2012, 2013.


    Smith’s white-line prints are represented in many museum permanent collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cape Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, the Fitz William Museum in Cambridge, England, as well as corporate and private collections since 1971.


July 14 - July 20, 2017

Kathryn Lee Smith’s selected set of prints for the Hutson Gallery’s two person show highlights mostly smaller representational work from the past twelve years. Each print’s departure point documents a moment in time. The original observational moment

captivated my senses: I was struck by the light, the forms and the possibilities of developing the work from that original moment to enhance that first moment’s perception.


The floral prints are close-ups of flowers which caught my eye. Vessel Two and Mending Nets both convey a representational treatment of the subject matter. Julie’s Arroyo, Early Morning El Rito, Eastern Sky Dawn, Moors, Orange Cloud and Red Boats

are all simplified and abstracted forms based on direct observation.


I have been working in the genre of white line printmaking since I was four years old, having learned the method from my artist grandmother Ferol Sibley Warthen. Each print is pulled separately by hand from its matrix: a single block of wood, the process itself ensuring that each print is an original within its’ edition.

--Kathryn Lee Smith 2017


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June 30 - July 13, 2017

The “Ancestor Series” of eight selected prints from a series of twenty which I chose for this Tenth Anniversary exhibition at Hutson Gallery stems from a dream, a vision which came to me very specifically and is a completely different way of working than my usual observational departure point. The dream was quite specific, addressing not only the imagery of our collective ancestors, but the exact color and paper on which to produce this series of prints. The series began with small images in brown and of a small format, and soon unfolded to developing them in color. As the series progressed, the ancestors evolved both in color and size, further defining themselves, yet remaining simple and pure of form.


The repetitive icons of the Ancestor figures travel the time continuum. Our personal history, our past-present-future, our hopes and dreams, our ability to transport our thinking and ourselves while paying homage to those who come before us are an important component of who we are.


The “Copper Canyon” series, which is a subset of the larger “Abiquiu Series”, represents an observational/experiential moment in time from a trip to the high desert north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In these two prints the experience of a jeep ride to the summit of the mountain was experienced as the playful interaction of the juniper bushes as they are grounded at dizzying heights.


All of these prints have a single-block matrix, each is pulled separately and is unique in terms of coloration and treatment.

--Kathryn Lee Smith, 2017


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