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Harvey Brody

My aesthetic values developed in part from my years of making three

dimensional objects with clay. Working with such a plastic medium it was

natural to take an intuitive approach, letting texture and form guide the

creative process. The considerable energy expended was always evident

in the final results—work that captured the rhythm of the physical process.

That same fresh intuitive approach is what I bring to my paintings, only now

there is a narrative inherent in the richly textured works on paper and canvas.


One of the great advantages of making art is the time it gives me to organize

my thoughts and give coherence to my ramblings. Consciousness for me is

messy, cluttered with words and images that are inextricably bound together.

I have come to a method of painting that relies on my intuitive self, that foregoes

conceptualizing and most preconceptions and that is guided by energy with

vigorous application with squeeze bottles of fluid acrylics and tubes of heavy

acrylic paint spread with putty knives, palette knives, foam brushes, rubber

shapers and brushes. And yet it is finally dependent on what I see in the painting

process, how I “edit” it and the connections I make, many of which reference the

parallel creative language between writing and painting. Word play, the line, and

narrative still have a say in my work. I like to think I am telling stories, making

music and discovering new connections with my paintings. Maybe they are

narratives as told my mimes and often the meaning is just out of reach and yet

that is what makes them worth telling. Each painting has its own rhythm, a

discordant lyricism as if Thelonius Monk were having his sway with whatever

musical muse was in my head, carrying the viewer around the worlds being

created. One line connects with another but disconnects from yet another as

you move between the animate and inanimate, between the abstract and the

imagistic, populated by networks of plant-like forms, flying and swimming beings,

human forms and faces and combinations of all of them.


BIRTHDATE: February 22, 1944

EDUCATION: B.A. in pre-medicine and English literature, Northwestern

University, 1965.

M.A. in English literature, Northwestern University, 1966.

Three years on Ph.D., University of California Riverside,1966-69


Sunbow Gallery, Portland, Oregon; April, 1978.

Hadler-Rodriguez Gallery, New York City; Ocotber, 1980.

Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California; November, 1983.

Maple Hill Gallery, Portland, Maine; February, 1984.

American Hand, Washington D.C.; April, 1984.

Contemporary Crafts, Portland, Oregon; May, 1986.

Healdsburg Center For The Arts, Healdsburg, California; January, February 2011.

Hall-Spassov Gallery, Bellevue, Washington; September 2016.

Interview with Harvey Brody