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Art That Hurts

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

It is unusual to see people crying over artwork these days. Most contemporary art seems to purposefully distance itself from emotion, relegating human sentiment to some basement realm far from the light of intellectual discourse.

My Year in the Islamic Republic of Iran

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

In 1992 I flew into the Islamic Republic of Iran with my wife and two year old daughter on a trip funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and a Getty Museum Fellowship.

Let Go Your Southern Ghosts!

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
F. Scott Hess

I've noticed many online defenders of Confederate heritage argue that their opponents do not understand history and fail to see beyond racial barriers. I have white southern roots deeper than most. I understand my history and the lineage of bigotry it entails.

"All Flesh Is Grass" - The Memory of Richard Long

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

There are in the lives of artists seminal figures that inspire you to be more than you were before you met them. For me that person was Richard Long, an artist and very unique professor.

5 Artists on the Enduring Qualities of Representational Painting

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

For 40,000 years, long before mankind invented written language, we have put down marks that left a living trace of who we are, what we saw, and what we thought. We need those marks now more than ever before.

My Dog Deserves an MFA. No, Seriously.

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

I first noticed that my dog, Roxy Hess, had artistic intentions when she left a forceful and unmistakable message on the floor of the studio we share. Slow human that I am, I hadn't realized that Roxy was not only on top of the latest developments in the artworld, she was running amongst the pack leaders.

5 Representational Painters Reflect on Their Art in a Digital Age

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

John Nava, Our Torture is Better Than Their Torture, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. As a representational painter with some skills, I often wo...

Is De-skilling Killing Your Arts Education?

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

You will find an occasional musician who purposely plays badly, or a writer who ignores grammar, but only in the visual arts is training in the traditional skills of the profession systematically and often institutionally denigrated.

Sex Lessons from the Old Masters (NSFW)

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

With the debut of the cable series Masters of Sex, any purely art historical Google search for risque old master paintings is now totally skewed to the Showtime television program.

The Footsore Painter From Missouri, Calvin Lemuel Hoole

F. Scott Hess | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

Shortly after moving from Mississippi to St. Louis in 1856, Dr. Alfred Lane Patton commissioned Calvin Lemuel Hoole, a self-taught painter in Missouri, to paint the history of the Lane, Thomas, Hampton, and Patton families.

Up Close and Personal

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

It's near impossible to stand in front of Jackson Pollock's Mural and not think about this All-American genius, about his tumultuous life, and the l...

F. Scott Hess: The Perfect Hess-Storm

John Seed | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Instead of 'playing the game' Hess has been painting brilliant and darkly funny paintings, building friendships, teaching and serving as a beacon to an upcoming generation of representational artists.

Peter Zokosky: The Shock of the Weird (PHOTOS)

John Seed | Posted 10.02.2012 | Arts
John Seed


F. Scott Hess Paints A Portrait (PHOTOS)

John Seed | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
John Seed


The Darker Side Of Human Folly: This Artweek.LA (Dec. 19-Jan. 1, 2012)

Bill Bush | Posted 02.20.2012 | Arts
Bill Bush


F. Scott Hess: In Transit

John Seed | Posted 12.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

The works that comprise F. Scott Hess' Los Angeles exhibition In Transit demonstrate that he has reached the point where his brush can take him just about anywhere he wants to go.

John Seed's HuffPost Highlights 2010 (VIDEO)

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed


PHOTOS: 5 Painters, 5 Palettes by John Seed

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

I have been asking artist friends to send me images of their recent paintings along with photos of their palettes and palette tables. The paintings s...

Los Angeles Artist F. Scott Hess Walks the Tightrope

John Seed | Posted 05.31.2011 | Los Angeles
John Seed

F. Scott Hess, a painter whose works tend to magnify and reveal human frailties and failings, is a stable guy.