Deborah Colton Gallery presents Dorothy Hood: Select Paintings opening reception
Deborah Colton Gallery presents Dorothy Hood: Select Paintings, an exhibition featuring abstract paintings from Texas-native Dorothy Hood, which presents artwork that spans four decades of her artistic career.
As one of the early Texas abstract artists, and one of the few female artists working in large-scale throughout the decades, Hood led an adventurous life. Born in Bryan, Texas in 1918 and raised in Houston, she won a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to study at the Art Students League in New York. On a whim, she drove a roadster to Mexico City with friends in 1941 for a two week tour and ended up staying for almost 20 years.
Hood was front and center in the cultural, political, and social activity of Mexico and Latin America during a period of intense creative ferment. She developed close friendships with all the European exiles, Latin American surrealists, and Mexican social realists of the time -- artists, composers, poets, playwrights, and revolutionary writers which influenced her art. In 1945, she married the famous Bolivian composer José María Velasco Maidana and they traveled the world.
It was upon returning to Houston in 1961, however, that Hood produced the epic paintings that evoked the limitless skies and psychic voids of space, years ahead of NASA images. Over the next four decades, she became a renowned and highly collected Texas painter whose works were spread across the United States. Her works are included in over 30 major museums throughout the United States, as well as the collections of many individuals, corporations and foundations. Upon Hood's death from cancer in 2000, a major portion of the artist's estate, including 1,017 works of art as well as her archives and studio contents, was acquired by the Art Museum of South Texas.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through January 28, 2017.