From the Artist:
For me the theatre is a source of endless fascination. This attraction has subliminally influenced my choice of subject matter throughout my career, and can, perhaps be traced to an ineradicable memory of my early firsthand experience in an around the stage as actor singer and dancer. So, visual aspects of theater have a way of emerging in much of my artwork. The composition of "Actress" is an assemblage of elements that suggest the stage; the curtain, the flats, the bit of architecture and the balloons. Altogether the print speaks, through symbolism, to the make-believe nature of theater. For instance, the stylized figure and two masks on the flat left of the actress represents the adversity of personas available to the actor. And, the actress reading her lines and gesticulating is a common sight at play rehearsals.
Born in Eustis, FL, painter, printmaker, and dancer Hughie Lee-Smith attended classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, and John Huntington Polytechnic Institute, Cleveland, OH; and the Art School of the Detroit Society o...Read More ⟶