This month, the Fort Smith Art Center is showing early work by Patrick Angus. The paintings and drawings in the show are all from a period before he painted overtly gay subject matter (the painting above isn’t in the show, obviously–it’s not easy to find many Angus images online), but far enough along to detect the influence of David Hockney, who would eventually become an Angus patron. I walked through the show yesterday, it’s definitely worth seeing. Portraits dominate, but there are some nice interiors, cityscapes, even a landscape or two. Angus had some anxiety in life that his successes as a painter were more due to his later works’ subject matter than his painterly prowess. Based on what I saw at the FSAC, his painting, regardless of subject, is pretty impressive.
[UPDATE: Photos from the exhibition after the jump.]