March 15, 2022


The title on the card reads “Towards Sirius.” The brightest star in the night sky seen in a cascade of color. This title reads “Aphrodite.” The goddess of love, beauty and pleasure, but I am thinking Mae West, the American actress, singer, and sex symbol of early cinema.

        sun and clouds . . .
        a disagreement

You never liked to title your paintings, but gallery directors said patrons preferred titles. You wanted the viewers to draw their own conclusion without being influenced. They should experience their own feelings and emotions. After all, it is the viewer who brings a response to the work and we will each see it in our own way.

        by emotion . . .

Dan Hardison

Above Left: Philip Perkins, Towards Sirius, 1966, oil on canvas
Above Right: Philip Perkins, Aphrodite, 1944, oil on canvas

Exhibition, artist's book with haibun by Dan Hardison
Exhibited in the Art of Reading exhibition.
Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, Tifton, Georgia
March 5 - 27, 2022