Artist Spotlight: Wes Hempel

Sometimes-wicked appropriations from such disparate sources as neoclassical history painting and the Dutch golden age root Hempel's art in a revised history.

BY Christopher Harrity

October 08 2011 3:00 AM ET

WES HEMPEL JOE MOSTLY RECOVERED FROM THE ACCIDENT 2011 X560 | ADVOCATE.COM

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The model, Joe M., was a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where Jack and I spend winters. He’d recently been in an accident, the nature of which I should leave to him to disclose. I thought this image conveyed something of his climbing out of that circumstance and of his natural beauty, which, as the viewer can see, remains intact.

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