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Meet the Masters

Grade Four

ARTIST: PRINT:

LEE-SMITH, HUGHIE

(1915 - 2000)

BOY WITH A TIRE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS DETROIT, MICHIGAN

20th Century American Date: 1952 Size: 23" x 29" Medium: Oil on Prestwood Panel

ARTIST - Hughie Lee-Smith was born in Eustis, Florida but went to school in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from The Cleveland School of Art with high honors and a grant for post-graduate study. While serving in the Navy during World War II, he completed a series of paintings entitled "The History of the Negro in the United States Navy." He has been an instructor in art, was head of the Department of Drawing and Painting at Claflin University, and taught at Rex Goreleigh's Studio-on-the-Canal in Princeton, New Jersey.

Hughie Lee-Smith is a realistic and yet magical painter of the loneliness of decaying urban life. His settings show dying, aged neighborhoods as wastelands where old buildings stand isolated, side by side with empty spaces that were once filled with life. To these wastelands, Lee-Smith adds one, two or three individuals. When there is one individual added, he is seemingly unaware of his surroundings; he looks depressed. When two or three individuals are added, each is unaware of

another's presence. The artist crumbling plaster, cement, wire very intense and honest artist.

is very skilled at showing and wood, which add to the

textures. He overall feeling

details of grief

objects such as and ruin. He is a

PRINT - A sense of loneliness comes from this painting. The boy stands in a surrealistic nightmare of emptiness: cracked walls, lifeless houses, empty broken windows. He stands on a barren street occupied only by inanimate debris. His only companion is another inanimate object, a rubber tire. He stands facing what we sense is a wasteland. We see empty windows. We sense the indifference. He is as lonely as a figure in a dream, but he is not a dream. In the midst of all this emptiness he is alive, with hopes and dreams.

PORTFOLIO C PAIRED WITH:

PICASSO ACROBAT ON A BALL

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