It’s arrived!!! The Spring 2009 issue of American Artist Drawing magazine! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this day for weeks. Why am I so excited? Because this issue contains a ten page article on one of my best friends in the whole world, Fred Hatt!!! Yay!! 🙂
Fred was interviewed by John A. Parks, and what a truly fantastic job John did. His profile of Fred is perfect and contains many thought-provoking and insightful quotes . I must add though, with all due respect to John and his interviewing skills, Fred is an immensely quotable guy! I know this from being his friend for years and having had the pleasure of engaging in many an engrossing conversation with him. Communication and expression come naturally to Fred, both verbally and visually, intellectually and intuitively.
I am Fred’s model for “Orgone Field” which appears on page 71 of the magazine, and I’m thrilled that a drawing of me was chosen for the article. That particular drawing appeared on Museworthy back in December 2007. You can see it here. Among the other images included, “Verso” on page 68 is not to be missed. And Fred’s striking portrait of Anna Marie appears on the cover. Yes, the COVER!
Fred is more inspired by the human form, body, and spirit, than any artist I’ve ever known. He believes, almost like a religion, that movement and gesture comprise the very essence of his work. It is for this reason that Fred’s drawings are imbued with such energy, excitement, and vitality. They jump right off the paper, and it is undeniable to the viewer that his subject was drawn not from a cast, a photograph, or a copy, but from a living, breathing human being. An individual before him.
Fred Hatt is a true “model’s artist”. He treats us as nothing less than equal collaborators, and understands that models- their bodies, faces, and spirits- are the lifeblood, the muses, of figurative art. The art models of New York LOVE Fred. And he loves us right back 🙂
Since Fred is such a prolific artist with an abundance of drawings in his collection, I imagine that the editors must have had a hell of a time choosing images for the magazine. So I’ve decided to post a few of Fred’s drawings that don’t appear in the article. Some favorites of mine, these showcase his dexterity, originality, and remarkably observant eye.
This is “Stretch”:
Dearest Fred, congratulations baby on your well-deserved recognition. I am so proud of you and privileged to be your friend and colleague. It’s an exciting and inspiring time. Enjoy it! And kudos to Bob Bahr, John Parks, and everyone at Drawing for consistently putting out such an intelligent, superb magazine. Although I read and enjoy it regularly, the Spring 2009 issue is my favorite so far 🙂
Visit Fred’s blog at Drawing Life for great discussion and commentary, his art website for a more complete portfolio, and his photography website for a stunning visual cavalcade. The magazine is on newsstands now and will be until August 2009.