Living Desert features a body of work by Robert Herman which represents a collection of introspective portraits of succulents found in the Coachella Valley of California.
Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday May 2, 7-9 p.m.
The current body of work explores a collection of desert succulents, through the medium of acrylic on canvas. Each painting is conceived from an autobiographical photograph, utilizing mere inches of the plants surface. The inherent individuality is drawn from the unique beauty found in each form. Presented like ancient mandalas, the square image contains a circular shape with a central point, displaying radial balance. The architecture of each symbolically depicts the complex geometry of the universe and the forces that drive it. Examining them in an intimate manner and focusing on the subtle nuances is deeply meditative. Moving mentally towards the centre of the physical forms, the viewer begins to understand the transcendental energy they hold. Within the confines of a hostile desert environment, these plants share the heroic ability to persevere. Each adapting to the elements in its own unique way. Although representational in nature, there is a calculated boldness in the interpretation of each piece that is both alluring and enlightening.
2013 Spirits of the West, The Pump House Gallery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
2002 Body of Evidence, The Pump House Gallery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
1991 Reverence, Rhetoric and Ritual, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.
1989 Recent Paintings (A five Year Retrospective) Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery,
1988 All About Us, Ballet/MacKenzie Gallery, St. Catharines, Ont.
Extended Mix, Hennepin Gallery, Niagara College, Welland, Ont.
1985 Pursuit of Pleasure, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby,Ont.
Images of Realism, Charlton West Gallery, Hamilton Ont.
1984 Surface Tension, Allan Gallery, St. Catharines, Ont.
1983 Narrative Surfaces, Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, Ont.
2016-14 Gallery Artist, The Ochre Gallery, Niagara Falls, Ont.
2011-08 Masterworks Group Exhibition, Niagara Board of Education, St. Catharines, Ont.
2002 Gallery Artist, Uniquely Home, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
1997-98 Gallery Artist, O’Conner Gallery, Toronto, Ont.
1992 Watershed...Twenty Two Year Retrospective of Niagara Artists, Niagara Artists Centre,
St. Catharines, Ont.
1989-91 Cross Ties, a National Touring Exhibition circulated to Hamilton Inc, Hamilton, Ont.,
Definitely Superior, Thunder Bay, Ont., Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS., A-Space,
Toronto, Ont., X-Changes, Victoria, B.C.
1986 Thirty Three Points of View, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.
1985 Cultural Realities, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont.
1983 New Directions in Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Ont.
1983 Niagara New Image Painting, Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, Ont.
2012 Accepted, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ont.
2001 Winner, On The Twelve, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.
1995 Accepted, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, Ont.
1994 Accepted, Western Ontario Exhibition, LRAG, London, Ont.
1989 Winner Fall Exhibition, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.
1987 Winner Fall Exhibition, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.
1984-86 CKOC Exhibition, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ont.
1980-84 Accepted, Provincial Exhibition, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.
1981-82 Winner, Provincial Exhibition, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ont.