Through The Eyes Of An Artist
We see life through Artist’s eyes. Whether it’s through a Renoir painting in a museum or a sprawling mural on an urban street wall. But how does an Artist see through another Artist’s eyes?
I learned the answer from legendary photographer Jim McHugh this past weekend at Timothy Yarger Fine Art, in Beverly Hills. The event was in connection with The Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” exhibit celebrating Los Angeles Artist’s between 1945-1980. Jim McHugh is considered the pre-eminent portraitists of West Coast artists. Just a few of his many subjects include: David Hockney, Ed Modes, Beatrice Wood, Sam Francis, Robert Irwin, Robert Graham, Rachel Rosenthal.
Jim was interviewed by Journalist, Barbara Isenberg. The setting of the event was wonderfully intimate. We gathered around like old friends in a living room, nibbling on delicious snacks prepared by LA’s celebrity Culinary Artist Nancy Silverton of Pizzaria Mozza. The crowd was filled with art lovers, collectors and an impressive group of Jim’s celebrity artist friends including Douglas Kirkland, Billy Al Bengston, Guy Dill, and Joan Quinn.
For a man who has shot pictures for People Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Architectual Digest, I found Jim to be gracious and humble, and full of charming quirky anecdotes. He described the sensitivity and respect that is demanded when photographing an artist in his or her studio. I especially enjoyed his retelling of Artist Bob Graham’s quote “Having somebody in your studio is like having somebody in your underwear drawer” and the tale of visiting Raymond Pettibon’s home where his mother insisted that he give Jim a piece of art work (which now proudly hangs in his home).
Jim is as passionate as ever about his work sharing with us that “Inspiration does not visit the lazy”. Another extensive collection are pictures of iconic buildings in Los Angeles, all shot on Polaroid. You can see the pictures in his book “Let’s Get Lost”.
Let’s just say that we all got lost (and are not anxious to be found) in Jim’s beautiful photographs that are on view at Timothy Yager Fine Art through December 23rd. An experience not to be missed. The gallery is at 354 N. Bedford Drive and you can visit the web at: www.yagerfineart.com