Herbert’s art school training was classic in nature. His love of painting leaned toward the French Impressionists, Monet, Cezanne, Sisley, and Gauguin to name a few. Never the less, he greatly admired what was happening in the early 60’s and 70’s by the American abstract painters, Wilhelm de Kooning, Arshile Gorki, Mark Rothko’s early abstractions and Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. The Renaissance painters of Italy as well had an influence on him especially in the area of color.
Over the past 10 to 12 years his painting moved rapidly to the abstract. He knew he had to keep pushing forward toward a totally non-objective, purely emotional state. He never felt the same emotion or excitement before that he feels in his abstract work today.
One presupposes, of course, that words are used to convey information about the idea and the context. None of his paintings function as illustrations of an idea; ultimately they are the idea. The shapes and forms emerge through the constant blending and manipulations of the paint. A non hierarchical interweaving of form with space and color…interlacing forms, bows and curves that constantly intersect to produce fantastic spatial structures that change with the light, could be altered endlessly. To cause something to change and flow, to make it relative, suits him very well. He will edit out and build upon what he feels is working. Sometimes when images come about by chance they are fresher, more organic, more inevitable. Instinct takes charge. The composition of different forms, colors, structures, proportions, harmonies come out as an abstract system analogous to music.
Letting a thing come rather than creating it is more genuine, richer, more alive. Anything is possible in his paintings; any form, added at will, changes the picture but does not make it wrong. The fact that Herbert’s paintings evolve their motifs as the work proceeds is a timely one because there is no central image of the world any longer: He must work out everything for himself. He wants to capture the energy one finds in the music of Beethoven, Mozart, the Beatles, the poetry of Bob Dylan. Music has that abstract energy that is Difficult to put into words. You feel it, sense it to produce a specific emotional effect.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FINE ART
CHICAGO ACADEMY OF FINE ART
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS / SCHOOL OF DESIGN
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM / ROCKFORD, IL 2015
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY / GRAND RAPIDS,MI 2015
ZHOU B. ART EXHIBITIONS / JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS
(SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013 /
LA CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO (SOLO SHOW) / ASCIANO, ITALY 2013
JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013
FIGURE ONE GALLERY (GROUP SHOW), SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF
ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL. 2011
THE ARC GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / CHICACO, IL. 2011
MUSEO CIVICO, PALAZZO PUBLICO (SOLO SHOW) / SIENA, ITALY 2010
JENNIFER NORBACH FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2010
THE TUCKER GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / EVANSTON, IL. 2008
THE TUCKER GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / EVANSTON, IL. 2006
THE TUCKER GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / EVANSTON, IL. 2005
ILLINOIS CENTER (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2004
ZOLLA-LIEBERMAN (GROUP SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2004
AUSTRALIAN EXHIBITION CENTER (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2002
OLIN FINE ARTS GALLERY AT WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE (GROUP SHOW) /
WASHINGTON, PA 1998
THE BAKER ART CENTER (GROUP SHOW) / LIBERAL, KS 1998
TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS (GROUP SHOW) / SANTA CRUZ, AZ 1998
LYDON FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL 1998
NOVO NORDISK CORPORATION / PRINCETON, NJ
ILLINOIS CENTER / CHICAGO, IL
IRON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INC. / WINNETKA, IL
CHICAGO GROWTH PARTNERS / CHICAGO, IL
BUD AND MIMI FRANKEL FAMILY
HENRY AND ELISABETH FELDMAN FAMILY
KINZIE HOTEL / CHICAGO, IL
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MI.
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, ROCKFORD,
AVERY CAMERLINGO KILL, CHICAGO, ILL.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MI. / 2017
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MI. / SEPTEMBER 2016
Museo Civico/Siena,Italy/2010Jennfer Norback Fine Art Gallery, Chicago/2010
JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS (Large Paintings) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013
LA CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO / ASCIANO, ITALY 2013
JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS (Small Paintings) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013
FIGURE ONE GALLERY GROUP SHOW, SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL. 2011
THE ARC GALLERY / CHICACO, IL. 2011
MUSEO CIVICO, PALAZZO PUBLICO / SIENA, ITALY 2010