Los Angeles

Hardy Hanson

Rex Evans Gallery

Although the effects of Hardy Hanson’s studies under Albers at Yale are at times evident in his drawings and paintings, the essential import of Hanson’s images is much closer to the microcosmic world of Paul Klee than it is to the highly rational formula of Abstract Classicism. Hanson’s ideographic idiom, even when eclectic, has hypnotic power. His series of “portraits” that culminates in the Six Heads involves a number of archetypal symbols that are handled with considerable ingenuity. At other times the artist invents images from nature that are startling in their originality—Wind TopologySea Sculpture, Early Evening Tide. These are lasting impressions recorded simply in rhythmic sequences of line. Hanson is a graphic artist, seldom venturing beyond a disciplined delineation of form, however complex his drawings become. His forte lies in his capacity to achieve intensity in a purely black and white medium. When he turns from pen and ink to oil, the addition of color is almost redundant.

Constance Perkins