Look at the following video on George Rodrigue:
and the website:
Pay particular attention to the bio and art categories on the menu bar at his website.
Pay particular attention to the way his life and art are valued in the obituary.
Make comments about:
1. What are the pros and cons for you of the visual presence of his works (what you like and don’t like visually)?
2. Do the interpretations of his paintings make sense to you? why or why not? (consider both subject and style)
3. Explain/explore the conflicting aspects of the art’s high market value, the negative reviews by art critics, and the final assessment of his work in the NY Times obituary.
In your sketchbook, do an hour drawing in the style of Rodrigue, of any animal (preferably a current or former pet) in a setting or location which adds to the overall meaning.
In class, your next painting will be of a familiar animal in a setting or location which adds to the overall meaning. You may do it in a realistic or Rodrigue style, with realistic or exaggerated colors, realistic or exaggerated form, using a color scheme.