Babel III, 1999
Lori's Shoes, 2000
Elegy II, 2002
The following information was provided by the artist unless otherwise noted.
Denise Bibro Fine arts, Inc.
529 West 20th Street, #4W
New York, NY 10011
David Herman is primarily an abstract artist often working from one series to another. Herman’s works reflect his interests in music, nature, architecture and language.
He begins with formal devices as a guide to express a range of emotions, moods and observations. He often employs the grid as a tool to organize and a spring board for expression. Impossible to separate the grid as a metaphor for the urban environment, these works created after September 11, 2001, resonate with an interpretation that displays a broad sense of observation and physicality. Works such as Night Elegy and Urban Reflections are disquieting. Herman creates, in these works, both a constrained edginess and a sense of refined miscellany.
David Herman has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the tri-state area. His work has been juried into the exhibition, Expo XX, at B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, Long Island by respected art critic Phyllis Braff from the New York Times. In addition to exhibiting with Denise Bibro Fine Art, Herman has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions including the Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor, NY; the Bowery Gallery, in Soho, NY; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ, among others. He has been reviewed by Helen Harrison for the New York Times, Michelle Ross in the Gallery & Studio Magazine of New York, and Joyce Korotkin for New York Art World.
Mr. Herman was educated at New York University, NY, Brooklyn College, NY, and at the Art Students League of New York.
“ Herman’s paintings are the work of a mature and sensitive artist: his art bridges successfully the formal and thematic concerns which give birth to his work. An intellectual by temperament, he is at home in the aesthetic discourse on the arts as in the creative process…”
David Herman’s canvases nurture our vision and our spirit and thus are in the best tradition of art.” –Rudolf Baranik, 1995
Herman has created something uncanny and, dare one say, beautiful, if beauty always has something strange in it, as the philosopher Francis Bacon suggests…”
His cryptic exposures are psychodramas as well as formal dramas: he uncovers
not only what ordinarily would not be seen, but suggests feelings one is
ordinarily unaware of, however much they exist just below the surface of
– Donald Kuspit on David Herman’s series “Exposed”, 2000.
“ The work can be viewed as either completely abstract or totally representational. These paintings are based upon my observations at various shorelines. Besides the mystery and span of the shore views, I am always fascinated by the geometric division of the landscapes into bands of color and texture.
simplicity of these paintings allows the viewer to place himself in
the work, unencumbered by extraneous information. The distance across some
urges the viewer to move his eyes from side to side to encompass its entirety,
thereby involving him physically.
- David Herman on his “Horizons” series.
Regina Stewart, Executive Director