This piece was painted specifically for a 2012 exhibition entitled “Hookers”, curated by a former student, Natalia Fabia. That theme has engaged her since her student days at Art Center in Pasadena. She calls her friends, who she paints in provocative clothing and poses, hookers. I believe she sees it as a freeing, perhaps even humorous label, much in the vein of the recent ‘slut’ protests. In my painting I focused on the darker aspects of prostitution, using myself as the john, and a photo I’d taken earlier of the same model used in Suzie Q. The corner of the painting in the background is by 19th century Russian painter, Pavel Fedotov, entitled “The Major’s Marriage Proposal”.
I really like this painting- well composed and engaging.
I’m not sure I’d agree that this is the ‘darker side’- other than her concerned expression which might foreshadow something darker. The Degas in the Philadelphia Museum of Art seems much darker.. Why, this room even has an oil painting in it! This might even be the lighter side! She looks like she might be able to kick your ass if things got out of hand….
I think she could kick both our asses with one hand behind her back.
That Degas is quite wonderful. I read an article about it a couple of months ago, but too late to have an influence on my piece.
Kicking both our asses with one hand tied behind her back sounds expensive!
I love the color hamony. the strong complement of the blue-violet to the yellow-oranges. The bent head is a genius solution to the shape of the canvas as well as adding to the content of the narrative. What IS IT about naked women throughout history in front of clothed men? The gestures on the part of both sexes is amazingly compassionate towards each other. I read this as a man who probably has some waning testosterone issues and a woman who is behaving demurely and honoring his need in exchange for the compensation she is receiving. Both – are exhibiting a sense of gratitude and compassion for the other. The psychological dynamics are very sophisticated. Don’t know if you meant that…but that is what I see!
Thanks for keeping Omo alive till the end. You are the good example to us all. Superb execution Scott, even without the narrative, compositional skill, which is as witty and as clever as ever.
Thanks, Martin. I posted this on facebook a while ago. It got something along the lines of 700 ‘Likes’, so it must work in some way. It flowed out of me with minimal effort, so I can’t say what it was that worked. Subconscious doing its job.
wow, what an amazingly thoughtful painting. The expression on your face is priceless and words practically come out of your mouth or no words at all and a lot of action……
You hit the target on the head, Scott. The look in your eyes is lechery defined – and the light you bathed the hooker in is so show biz – like those late night sex shows on TV
F. Scott Hess (b.1955)
oil on aluminum panel
40 × 31 inches
available at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles