In his second exhibition at the gallery, Roger Herman presents a small group of still life paintings.
Considered a minor genre for most of its four-hundred-year history, the still life came to prominence in this century as the vehicle for an art that aims to be real in itself rather than reflecting an external reality. The still life lends itself naturally to the concerns that have permeated Roger Herman’s work over the course of his career: the dichotomy of the interior and exterior as a starting point to develop a painting language that focuses on the act of painting. Intimately sized, Herman’s oil paintings depict light-filled interiors and arbitrarily arranged objects. Their palette is light, shifting from pastel tones to fresh greens, pinks, and bright shades of yellow. The recurring scenes give way to a savory exploration of colors, turning lusciously applied strokes of paint into an independent reality.
Roger Herman’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute San Francisco, the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Lawing Gallery, Houston, Ace Gallery, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, and Galerie Froment Putnam, Paris. He has participated in group-exhibitions at the Austin Museum of Art, Texas, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the University Art Museum Berkeley, the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Center For Visual Arts, Oakland. He is Professor of Painting at the University of California Los Angeles
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