Three Historical Scenes
Historical Scenes by John Hood, Toronto, Ontario. Painted in 1988, at 115
Division Street (Welland Printing), 42' by 7'. This mural is an example
of a triptych, a mural that has one or more unifying themes but is composed
of three separate images. All three images show aspects of Welland's socio-economic
fabric. They each show large groups of figures and each fits into the 1900-1910
front panel shows the last spike being driven in the Welland Railway System,
which ran up King Street, around 1911. Many of Welland's leading citizens
of the time are visible. The first side panel features a band concert in
Merritt Park and focuses on the people attending the concert. The view
is from just north of the Welland Club, looking towards the centre of the
second side panel portrays the Welland Farmers Market between 1899 and
1905, with market-goers arriving in horse-drawn wagons.
was inspired to do this by searching through old photographs that the Festival
of Arts researchers found and made available to the artists. These images
at once leapt out as distinctive. It is interesting to note the differences
in the three pictures cause by the subjects' relative awareness of the
photographer. In the first panel, the group is aware of the photographer,
presenting its image to be recorded. In the second panel, the group is
shown in a more natural style and the third panel contains elements of
Virtual Guide's Comments
is one of the murals based on photos as the detailed scenes suggest. The
extensive use of pastel colours heightens the feeling of nostalgia, creating
an atmosphere reminiscent of the hand-coloured black and whites in old
photo albums. The clear depiction of scenes of daily life puts a human
face on an industrial town.
the Artist: John Hood, Toronto, Ontario
was born in Montreal and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from
Concordia University. He usually paints small-scale figurative scenes in
acrylics and watercolours.
1987, he won a competition to paint an outdoor mural in Athens, Ontario
and created a 700 square foot masterpiece. "It was a chance to work on
a very large scale." Hood reflected. "I like having a canvas that's ridiculously
big." He is one of two artists who painted three murals for the Welland
Festival of Arts and is the youngest of the artists involved.
has had solo exhibitions in Montreal and Brockville and has produced a
series of acrylics and watercolours of the Toronto waterfront and surroundings.
He has also worked on book illustrations.