“Bronze has been used to express human nature throughout time.” - Jonathan Hertzel
Jonathan Hertzel is a classically trained sculptor who calls himself a sculptural historian. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts and the University of Rochester, with more than thirty years of experience under his belt, he can hold his own with more traditional artists who work in bronze. But he has a slightly different intention, one for which his history can provide hints. The artist feels that figurative sculpture changes in order to best represent the times in which it is created.
My one-of-a-kind bronze sculptures (says the artist) are inspired by an unfurling of elemental forces; earth, air, water, fire, coalescing into the underlying expression of the human form. The sculptures are rooted in motion, transition and passage, and are visually multi-directional. The bronzes are ideally suited for multiple interactions. The far and near views offer differing perspectives. Upon each passage, the changing views culminate into an evolving figurative landscape.1
"Human Nature" An Exploration in Bronze. at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe NM. through May 2021. Hertzel's eight bronzes tell the "Stories From My Ancestors" https://www.jonathanhertzel.com/video/film-stories-from-my-ancestors
Selected Solo and Featured Exhibitions:
2019-2020: Human Nature. Stories From My Ancestors: Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe NM
2016; When Sparks Fly. Works of Water color and Bronze at the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.
2014: Kelly Roy Gallery, Miami ,FL.
2011: Art Palm Beach. Projects Gallery. Palm Beach, FL.
2009: Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA.
2005: The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA.
2005: THE GATHERING, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.
2002: FIGURE & GROUND, Lee Harper Gallery, New Hope, PA. 2002
2001: Chaos and Crossroads ”Works in Bronze and Clay”: Atelier, Frenchtown, NJ.
2000: Two Sculptors: Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, PA.
1999: What Out of Earth: Foxglove Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA.
From the Sun to the Earth to the Mantle Shift, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.
1997: The Roots Aloft Our Common Ground, ARTSPACE 534, Stroudsburg, PA.
1993: Planetary Skies and Aliens, Medici Center for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
1992: Aliens From The Home Planet, Hartnet Gallery, University of Rochester, NY.
1991: Aliens From The Home Planet; Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA.
1984: Paintings, Sculptures & Environments, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013: Kelly Roy Gallery, Miami, Florida & Newtown CT.
2012: Marji Gallery& Contemporary Projects, Santa Fe New Mexico.
York Arts Center; York PA.
2011: Kelly Roy Gallery, Miami, FL.
2010: State Museum, Harrisburg, PA. Art of the State
2009: Rodger Lapelle Gallery Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia Flower Show, Featured bronze in Burke Bothers award winning Garden
In Your Dreams, Philadelphia City Hall.
2008: Form In Space, Payne Gallery of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
2007: Eco Manor, Atlanta, GA.
2006: The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA. & Santa Monica, CA.
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA. Sabine Rose Gallery, Doylestown, PA.
The State Museum, Harrisburg PA.