AND OLD MASTERS
by Donald Kuspit
F. Scott Hess appears in many of his paintings -- perhaps most provocatively in The Painter and His Daughter
(2003) and Riverbed
(2004) -- suggesting that they are all self-portraits in principle. In Time
(all 2005), the mature, hard-eyed Hess appears in softer surrogate form, without his Mephistophelean goatee and moustache, as though he were a callow youth just starting his career as a painter (the clean-shaven painter pictured is, in fact, Hessí student) and thus innocent as to the ways of the art world rather than a seasoned veteran of its wars, holding his own in it.