James Himber

Studio Building
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Artwork
Boy Leading a Horsey, "40 X 60," Oil on Canvas
Nude Boy Seated, "30 x 40," Oil on Canvas
The Stillness, "40 x 60," Oil on Canvas
The Bather, "40 x 60," Oil on Canvas
The Despondent Man, "20 x 30," Oil on Canvas
James
Himber
Artist's Statement

As opposed to merely paying tribute to nature, art should be subversive. Although he worked with traditional subject matter, Van Gogh was a master because his primary concerns were abstract – color harmonies. A yellow is never just yellow (highlighting), but a striving toward a concept to create something that didn’t exist before.
A painting that simply carries out a pre-existing concept is often didactic and lacking in spontaneity. Matisse would often wipe out an entire day’s work with cotton balls and turpentine, then start from scratch the next day. For me, a concept must never be privileged over intuition. If you are working with all pistons firing, then technique is working behind the scene, a concept is working in conjunction with an organic process and the internal harmony of the work itself will prevail. The ability to render subtle pictorial effects with nearly offhand brushstrokes is, to me, the sign of a real painter.

Bio/Resume

James Himber
PERSONAL PROFILE
I have been painting for over 15 years and sketching since early childhood.
EDUCATION
New York University – May 1988
Master of Fine Arts
Memphis State University – May 1984
Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in English & Philosophy
EXHIBITIONS AND STUDY
Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts – December 2009
Group show fundraiser for Art in a Box, a non-profit foundation for improving the lives of disadvantaged orphans.
Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts – December 2008
Group show fundraiser for Art in a Box, a non-profit foundation for improving the lives of disadvantaged orphans.
WestBeth Studio Work
Painted in studio setting for a year while participating in group shows in New York City.
Atelier Work
Sketched at Spring Street Studio, Art Student League, and various other private ateliers throughout
New York City.