The What is Painting? Project: Featuring Howard Hersh

What is Painting? Norbert Marszalek

I thought it would be intriguing to ask painters this simple yet complex question. This query comes with no ground rules—it’s up to each individual artist to find their own approach and direction.

This project will be an ongoing exploration … let’s see where it takes us.

What is Painting?
Featuring Howard Hersh

This is a curious question for me, because I am an artist who uses paints, but does not consider myself a painter. I am more a maker of things who uses various materials, paint being only one of them, to create works of art.

So, perhaps a better question for me would be “what is an artist”, or more specifically, “what is a visual artist?”

A visual artists oeuvre can range from political to the esoteric. The consistency is in its visual conveyance of its message or meaning.

What is fascinating to me is that what the artist creates is really only brought to bear by the viewer. In an unspoken art form, the viewers interpretation is the final word, at least to the viewer. While nothing exists in a vacuum, the visual artist is providing a convenient context for the viewers thoughts and feelings. One could say that the viewer, acting as a sort of “fourth wall” finishes what the artist has only begun.

I am pleased to be the messenger, and equally pleased that the message speaks to all those who care to spend time with the work.


Howard Hersh

Howard Hersh, Skin Deep 15-9, acrylic on birch and basswood, 47″ x 38″ x 5″

Howard Hersh is a third generation artist who has exhibited his work widely around the country. With 60 solo shows and 200 hundred group exhibits, Hersh’s work is also in prominent public spaces in the United States, Japan, China, Indonesia, and Africa.

Hersh as followed a lifelong passion for nature and beauty, which is clearly reflected in his art. “Over the years, in my paintings, I have strived to assemble and depict relationships—art, nature, architecture, and spirituality. A world we create, and a world by which we are created. I hope that my life and my art are part of this beautiful yet mysterious process.”

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