Paintings

Hood’s paintings are at the heart of her artistic practice. Ranging from intimate to large-scale, her emotionally charged canvases defy easy categorization into any distinct art historical style. Incorporating elements of realism and figuration in her early works and later moving into pure abstraction, Hood flirts with Surrealism, Symbolism, Color Field Painting, and Abstract Expressionism. Artists that Hood acknowledged that she looked to included Constantin Brancusi, Willem de Kooning, James Ensor, Max Ernst, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Henri Matisse, Edvard Monk, Pablo Picasso, Odilon Redon, and Mark Tobey. While these influences are apparent in her works, Hood developed a style that embodies her life experiences and interests in philosophy, religion, myth, and nature.
In 1970, Hood began working in a studio rented for her by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, which allowed her to increase the scale of her work. It was at this time, that her paintings, in her words, “began to fly,” and marked an era of prolific production that continued until the late 1990s. During this period, she created her strongest paintings and received considerable recognition, especially in her home state of Texas.
Throughout her body of work, Hood balanced light and dark tones, opposing bold colors, hard lines, and soft textures by combining various processes. Although she was notoriously secretive about her techniques, it is clear that Hood often rotated her canvases and poured paint to create drips in opposing directions; utilized chemical resists to form washes and mottled areas against solid colors; taped off areas to develop hard-edged lines; and exploited decalcomania—the process of imprinting texture by pressing paint filled crumpled paper or foil against the surface of the canvas—along with infilling areas with both precise brushstrokes.

Earth Bound Heaven, 1963
Earth Bound Heaven, 1963 Oil on canvas 70 1/8 x 50 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.38

Earth Bound Heaven, 1963

The Enigma and the Arrow, 1953
The Enigma and the Arrow, 1953 Oil and sand on canvas 37 x 50 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.27

The Enigma and the Arrow, 1953

Untitled (Abstraction), 1950s
Untitled (Abstraction), 1950s Oil and sand on canvas 24 x 18 3/4 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.32

Untitled (Abstraction), 1950s

Untitled, 1950s
Untitled, 1950s Oil and sand on canvas 44 7/8 x 39 7/8 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.28

Untitled, 1950s

Untitled (Wall), 1943
Untitled (Wall), 1943 Gouache on paper mounted on linen covered board 10 5/8 x 13 ½ inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.29

Untitled (Wall), 1943

Untitled (Girl with Red Horns), 1943
Untitled (Girl with Red Horns), 1943 Gouache on paper mounted on linen covered board 14 x 10 3/4 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.30

Untitled (Girl with Red Horns), 1943

Running Figure, 1942
Running Figure, 1942 Oil on canvas board 10 x 8 inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.33

Running Figure, 1942

Untitled (Kneeling figure)
Untitled (Kneeling figure), 1940s Oil on canvas board 20 x 14 ¼ inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2014.16.34

Untitled (Kneeling figure)

Untitled (Portrait of Barbara Degnan)
Untitled (Portrait of Barbara Dengan), 1930s Oil on canvas 25 1/2 x 21 ½ x 1 ½ inches Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 2018.1

Untitled (Portrait of Barbara Degnan)