A Pilgrim’s Progress
As the title of the exhibition “A Pilgrim’s Progress” implies, this body of work is a record of my most recent efforts in the studio.
On the surface, grids and geometric shapes are like a blanket that overlay the Natural World.
The Nature of Art – The Art of Nature
My interests and my work continue to explore inter-relationships and connectivity in the universe, both macro and micro.
Just as my paintings are done in a serial fashion, artists’ statements too are only a bite out of time.
The title of this exhibit, No Separation, sums up the themes I’ve been working with for years in my paintings.
For me, making art is a life long process. It is done in a serial fashion. That is, every new piece is built upon the previous ones. So while I talk about this body of work, there are many other layers, at least conceptually, built in.
Howard Hersh is a third generation artist who has exhibited his work widely around the country. With twenty-five solo shows and over one hundred group exhibits, Hersh’s work is also in prominent public spaces in the United States, Japan, China, Indonesia, and Africa.
In my latest paintings I seek to represent what nature is about, rather than painting nature itself.
Concerning Monotypes ’96
Simply put, a monotype is produced by painting on a smooth surface (plexiglass, copper…), and then transferred to paper by means of an etching press. However, there are two big differences between monotypes and paintings on canvas.
Concerning Monotypes ’95
Monotypes have a special place in my artwork. Having done over two thousand in the last ten years, monotypes have been my main vehicle for growth.
Works on Paper
My work echoes and mirrors the life that is all around us. The process of growth and decay, flux and change, are naturally occurring events.
My latest series of paintings, Inner Life, strive to make the unseen visible. The world we know and see is like the clothing on a person. Our ‘essence’ or ‘spirit’ is what I try to uncover as an artist.
I am an artist, which is the best way I know to express my views of the world. Perception are not of things, but of relationships; with nature; with the Divine; and with other people. Nothing, including me, exists by itself. This is an illusion of images, I am a relationship, everchanging.
I am a painter which is the best way I know to approach people with my philosophy. The saying, “you can’t be all thing’s to all people,” is true.