The Art of It: The Oxbow Flooded
Williamstown Artist, Stephen Hannock, creates paintings inspired by the Oxbow in the Connecticut River.
Stephen Hannock has created nearly 30 paintings inspired by views of the Oxbow in the Connecticut River, also the subject of Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow (1836). This Hannock painting The Oxbow Flooded is on view at the “River Crossing,” an exhibition by 28 artists shown at two historical sites within close proximity of one another—the Thomas Cole House in Catskill and Olana, home of Frederic Church in Hudson. Hannock painted his first Oxbow in 1994. In all, you can see the Berkshires Hills. “The original drawing for the paintings has been completely distorted,” says Hannock, who is from Williamstown. “The Oxbow is a haunting place, a physical, geographical location of myself coming an artist, the image I return to remember things.” There are words, names, written in the painting—common in Hannock’s work. That is because, he says, “at some point these lives and the people are more important than the topography that you see.”