Monday, April 2, 2012

Man in a Yellow Hat

Man in a Yellow Hat
4" x 3 1/2"    oil on linen    2012
Private Collection, New York


  1. Andrew, this is such a simple painting, compared to the subtle narratives in your more complex scenes. It has power. - Lyrinda

  2. Andrew, my father might have said: "It takes a brave man to wear a hat that color". My father was a perceptive man.

    The hat is both symbol and metaphor and speaks volumes about the man wearing it. The owner of this hat opposes the words of politicians and salesmen and charlatans. He is a man in his element, slightly surprised by himself, but resolutely wanting more from life. His roots lie in disturbed soil; a traveller whose head is filled with spare, nomadic thoughts. I imagine he carries in his pocket a clasp knife for whittling bits of stick, the blade housed in its handle. Or perhaps that's too fanciful. The secrets he keeps are not meant to be easily uncovered.



"There is more power in telling little than in telling all."
- Mark Rothko

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meanings are unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”
- Magritte

"Now, the idea is to get everything right -- it's not just color or form or space or line -- it's everything all at once."
- Richard Diebenkorn

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious,
the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”
- Amedeo Modigliani