Several artists currently at the Hood have multiple works on display. I find the comparison of what artists used to paint vs what they are painting now to be quite interesting – and the exercise provides a useful comparison to authors.
Sometimes I think the change is an improvement. Here are two self portraits
Notice the richness of the second painting, the first seems immature to me next to the second. They are both self portraits. The first, painted during a difficult time in Sanchez’s life, is stark and angry. The second, painted after he left Dartmouth, is peaceful, luminescent. Apparently, Sanchez’s Dartmouth professors told him that his religion was invalid, that no modern thinking man held religious beliefs. Reconnected with his religious roots Sanchez glows with serenity. Obviously his technique has also changed, which we would expect as he perfected his skills over time, but it’s more than that – had he wanted to, Sanchez could have easily painted another angry man.
In the following set of paintings I find I like the earlier work better than the later.
Harris’s earlier work is luminescent. The newer work of the White Mountains seems dull to me. Brown and dull, with little of Harris’s use of light. I find it disappointing, although I’m sure there are those who would argue that his technique has improved and the newer painting is more complex. (I’ll add the title and date painted when I’m next at work and can look at my notes, or barring finding my notes I can go look on the wall!)
One more set of before and after works:
These are by Paul Sample. I’ll leave you to guess which I like better. I’d also like to hear how you feel these artists compare to Authors – because that’s the part I’m leaving out. (again I’ll fill in the missing details at a later date. Poor form on my part, I know.)