Past Exhibitions

F. Scott Hess: The Hours of the Day

Exhibition Through January 6, 2002

The Orange County Museum of Art is pleased to offer for national tour the first exhibition of a new series of paintings by F. Scott Hess. Titled The Hours of the Day, this group of 24 metaphorical paintings explores the profound emotional subtexts that underlie ordinary human interactions. Hess' compositions are complex and inventive, and refer to the entire history of art without becoming derivative. The details that enliven his narratives are keenly observed, and the intensity of his palette infuses each image with a sense of urgency. Domestic settings and recognizable details are compelling in their familiarity, but an indefinable sense of cosmic significance transforms these routine activities into meaningful rituals.

Born in Baltimore, Hess was educated at the University of Wisconsin and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he studied with the acclaimed magical realist painter Rudolph Hausner. Hess' work is well known in California.

The Hours of the Day were painted over a six-year period beginning in 1994. Rendered meticulously in a glazed and layered technique that evokes the Old Masters, Hess' images are ambiguous and ruthlessly contemporary in their psychological impact. Hess himself has written that these works "explore the themes of love and passion, desire, beauty, birth and aging, friendship and family, and the nature of life and mortality... these are religious paintings bereft of God, but searching for the core of what it meant to be human."

The Lotus Flower, 1996, Egg tempera and oil mixed technique on canvas

Exhibition Credits

F. Scott Hess: The Hours of the Day was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California.

This exhibition traveled to:
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
January 15 - March 2, 2002