For Palestinians, the olive trees have moved beyond a sacred, life-giving tree to a symbol of Palestinian resilience in the face of the political turmoil and the trauma they faced throughout the twentieth century. In his olive trees series, Ahmad Canaan paints groves belonging to displaced Palestinians but are now held by the custodian of absentee property. In his paintings, devoid of human beings, the trees stand as the sole witnesses to the past, waiting for the return of their owners.
In The Olive Harvest, the artist depicts his family during the olive harvest as a family ritual embodying the struggle to hold on to the lands of fathers and forefathers.
2014 Oil on canvas 150x120 cm
2014 Oil on canvas 138x120 cm Collection of Qaq family, Ramallah.
2009 Oil on canvas 170x120 cm Collection of Emad Salaymi, Nazareth.
2010 Oil on canvas 190x140 cm
2014 Oil on canvas 100x100 cm
2014 Oil on canvas 110x80 cm
2013 Oil on canvas 100x100 cm Collection of Zahi Khoury, Ramallah.
1984 Oil colors on canvas 80x60 cm