Left: "People Waiting" by John Hooper. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22711505@N05/26448326089
Right: "The Rummage Sale" by Miller Brittain. Source: National Gallery of Canada: https://www.gallery.ca/magazine/your-collection/at-the-ngc/life-in-saint-john-miller-brittain-and-a-portrait-of-the-people
You know real grief, and it knows you.
All around my home town of Saint John, New Brunswick, you’ll find the statues of John Hooper and paintings of Miller Brittain. Both artists depict people in a way that’s best summarized by the word thick. The human figure is broad, flattened. It’s hard to find softness in them. But if you study the thickness closely, you’ll see that these people look as though they’re made of clay.