john HOOD
contemporary oil paintings

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"Girl with Flag (The Opera House)"

Oil on Canvas - "36 x 18"

This oil was completed recently and will be exhibited in the John A. Libby Gallery's Canada 150 show starting in early June 2017.

The young women were lining up to attend a show by the contemporary pop musician "Gnash". One of them had draped herself in the Canadian flag, creating a visual event with the backdrop of the theatre facade. I would acknowledge a considerable debt to Edward Hopper here. I took photos and then changed and edited the positions of the figures to enhance the composition. I was very interested in trying to think of the figures in the line up at left as a series of units rather than individuating them too much.

I felt the woman exiting at right with the stroller provided an interesting foil to the young concert-goers.