Saturday, January 31, 2009

truly tiny - portraits by Craig Hood

I was thrilled when I heard that my former professor Craig Hood was willing and able to participate in TT4! Craig's work is amazing - examining the role of the human figure as a narrative image in landscapes. "His graphite drawings are a blur from a distance, like a foggy dream or the memory of a black and white photograph."

Craig dropped off some truly tiny portraits - they are the tiniest of the teeny tiny - some measuring 1"x1" square!

Craig Hood lives and works in Portsmouth, NH. He has taught painting and drawing at The University of New Hampshire since 1981. He has a national exhibition record and has won a Ford Foundation Grant, been a finalist for the Rome Prize in Painting (1987), and was nominated for a Louis Comfort-Tiffany Award (1999). His landscape paintings have been exhibited in many venues from Portland, ME to New York City and Naples, FL. In recent years he has focused more exclusively on the figure-in-landscape images he has made since the early 1990s. In Sept.-Oct. of 2006 one of his works in this genre was included in an important exhibition at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Figure in American Painting and Drawing, 1985-2005.

You can preview these and other works from the show here.