Jonathan Herbert is a professional fine artist who has worked continuously for over 45 years. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Herbert’s portrait John Carlson, 24 x 24 inches, oil on linen, 1972, is the first known example of Neo-Expressionism in the USA. Since then, his work has spanned media from the classical to the digital. Herbert has painted, created provocative photography, and is one of the original founders of the digital art revolution.

Herbert, over a life-long career, has painted in oils and acrylics, on linen and canvas. He has created innumerable works on paper. His works ranges from representational to abstract. His outpouring of work has intentionally defied branding.

Herbert has exhibited since the 70s. His artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States. Herbert’s paintings and works on paper are in private and corporate collections, including those of Pfizer Inc., and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His photographic work is in the collection of the Kinsey Museum in the Midwest.

Since relocating to Sarasota in late 2015 to establish his Gillespie Park Studio, Herbert continues to create powerful abstract and representational works of art.

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Artist Statement

I create abstract acrylic paintings. My intent is to create a doorway to your heart, a window to your soul.

I am absolutely confident in my ability to use classical and modern tools and materials to forge pathways to the Infinite. After nearly 50 years of working with my materials, I no longer need to give conscious thought to the nature or process of creation.

A direct descendant of the Paleolithic shamans who crawled miles into the caves of the Périgord to leave a record of their psychedelically-induced journeys to the spirit world, I, too, journey to places where the rest of the tribe cannot go and return bearing a visual record of the Infinite.

I am as much on a voyage of discovery as any person who views the work I channel.

Shaman, alchemist, artist. A lineage to be proud of.

What to Expect at Your Private Studio Visit

The primary objective of a Private Studio Visit is to offer one’s guest an opportunity to engage with the artist and the artwork in a relaxed setting, free from the interruptions and distractions that often occur during an Open Studio Event. The immersive quality of a Private Studio Visit is generally considered to be an essential practice among art enthusiasts and collectors who wish to fully gain a fully informed sense of context and the artist’s unique vocabulary as it applies to any given work of art. It is an excellent way to learn about my art; I can speak of the various life experiences that inform my bodies of work; doing so often inspires a much deeper reading of the art.

The studio visit is a broadly variable experience depending on the artist. In my case, it is NOT a “sales-focused event.” However, if one is interested in acquiring my artwork, one is afforded the opportunity to deal directly with me.

I believe that it is important for my guests to feel welcome and comfortable; I provide a variety of snacks and beverages, including wine and soft drinks. Visitors are offered the option to be guided or peruse the art in silence, with me available to answer any questions.

The visit offers the unique opportunity to see paintings that are not currently on display and to look through the works on paper in my flat files. Another benefit is the opportunity to see works in progress (I currently have five or more paintings in various stages of completion), to learn about them and my work process. And perhaps discover work that speaks to you, to purchase or be inspired to commission a piece.

Guests are always welcome to return to reevaluate a piece of art or simply spend more time with me. If you wish to bring someone with you, just give me a call.

If you are interested in visiting the studio, please do not hesitate to contact me to schedule your Private Studio Visit.