Sunday, May 1, 2011

Eco art?

Nature is the only subject of the exhibition taking place at the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts titled "One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson". Two figurative artists with their own twist, painting the Gulf Coast as we like to think about it. The two artists do not have much in common. John Alexander uses oil on canvass, heavily applied with reds, blacks, dark and bright colors, bringing drama and a flavor of expressionism in his best compositions like the two represented here.

In contrast, Walter Inglis Anderson's pastel watercolors tell the story of a lost paradise. The painter lived in Ocean Springs, MS, and the local museum, called after his name displays Anderson's work around the year. The painter, sculptor, ceramist, potter, writer lived with nature and represents the soul of the Gulf Coast with his unique style. His travels are reflected in some of his water colors, referring to Egyptian friezes. The exhibition brings a personal touch with pages from his diary and ink drawings.
Of course, I am biased...I love the work from Walter Anderson. Are we predisposed to prefer what we recognize? On these week-ends, when I am passing-by the museum of art in Ocean Springs, I walk through to take a peak at the display of Anderson's paintings and marvel.

photographs by the author
entrance of the exhibition

"There is a Bluebird on My Shoulder", 1985 John Alexander

"Herons in Heat", 1987, John Alexander

"Redwings, Crabs, Frogs", 1945, Walter Anderson

"Father Mississippi", 1953, Walter Anderson

"Horizontal Pelican", 1945, Walter Anderson

No comments: