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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Wes Hemphill: Part 2

Wes Hempel, 2011; MAGNOLIAS X560 | ADVOCATE.COM
Magnolias, 2011
Hempel: A take on a painting by the same name by Venezuelan painter Pedro Centeno Vallenilla (born: Barcelona 1904, died: Caracas 1988). As part of my ongoing project of reenvisioning art history from a gay perspective, I’ve replaced the nude female in the original (lying on the branch to the left) with a nude male.


Farewell #5
Wes Hempel & Jack Balas, 2005; BIRTHDAY X560 | ADVOCATE.COM
Birthday, 2005, a collaboration between Wes Hempel and Jack Balas
 Can you tell us a little about working in collaboration with your partner, Jack Balas?
I usually work out my ideas fairly comprehensively before committing paint to canvas, but occasionally I run into problems. Living with another artist means I have someone to consult with, and Jack is often more inventive visually than I am and more adventurous when it comes to imagery. He can think spontaneously in spatial terms, which means he has a fuller visual vocabulary than I do. Sometimes his ideas are so good, it makes more sense for him to just take over the painting. The canvas then goes from my studio to his (we never work on a piece together in the same space), and I relinquish control to him, which I admit is scary. Almost always, though, I’m delighted with the end result.

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