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Painted the fierce geology of his native southwest with passion, precision, and prophesy... Taking as his subject matter the plains, deserts, mountains, and other fantastic geological formations of the southwest, specifically Texas and Oklahoma, he was most famous for his Dust Bowl paintings. While he came of age alongside artistic masters like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, his fame never reached the same level. Yet by every measure, his art was just as powerful, and perhaps more prophetic, than either of these icons. These paintings take the viewer on a journey through Hogue’s diverse 70-year artistic career....Throughout his life, he stuck by his innermost belief: a sense of life within the earth that endures despite man’s ravages. Each series—from the hauntingly beautiful Taos landscapes and prophetic canvases of a dust-covered Southwest to his depictions of the striking geological phenomena of the Big Bend—serves as homage to nature. Today, with the ecology of the American West more fragile than ever, Hogue’s works seem even more prescient. Their almost supernatural beauty reminds us of the power of the earth and our own somewhat tentative connection to the land.
...one of the most acclaimed American artists of the 1930s and 1940s, helped define the artistic impression of the Dust Bowl era. The effects that the Dust Bowl had on the land that he had grown to love had a profound effect on his works. The loss of the grasslands in the Texas Panhandle influenced his ecocentric views displayed in his paintings. Focused primarily on natural processes as well as the world of Native Americans and their relationship with the land. Called himself an “abstract realist,” saying that naturalism is not possible because every artist recreates a realistic landscape and changes it to fit their own idea of what the view really looks like. http://orgs.utulsa.edu
Painted until the age of 96 but had only one major exhibition in his lifetime.