May 18- June 24, 2017
HEIDI HOWARD paints portraits of friends, rendering and reflecting their close symbiotic relationship. The structure of each painting is based on the color feelings, style, and images inherent to the sitter. Through this approach each sitter is reflected not only in an outward likeness, but also via the paint application. The occasion of painting a particular person, for Howard, is an occasion to create a new abstract space. She reexamines the concept behind traditional portrait painting: the relationship to the sitter throughout the process, the construction of a single space with imagery and ideas, sometimes text and iconography, and finally the application of paint on the canvas. The core of Howard’s portraits is the collaborative personal flow she has with her subject.
Heidi Howard (B. 1986, New York, NY) is a painter based in Queens, New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2014 she received her MFA from Columbia University. Recent exhibitions include “Spring 2017 – Group Exhibition” at Gaa Gallery (Colgne, Germany), “Red” curated by Heather Cammarata-Seale at the Hunterdon Art Museum (Hunterdon, NJ) and “Intimisms” coorganized by Aliza Nisenbaum and David Norr at James Cohan Gallery (New York, NY). Her work has been reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail, Art F City and on artcritical.com, among other publications. Her paintings are also featured in Bette Gordon’s recent film “The Drowning,” currently playing at IFC Center, New York, NY, starting May 10 and available on iTunes June 1.