Saturday, May 17, 2008

Albert Herbert

Albert Herbert (1925-2008)
Jonah Arrives at Nineveh 2004
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Private collection

Albert Herbert ( 1925-2008) painter and teacher died on May 10th, 2008.

"Always interested in mysticism, Herbert converted finally to Roman Catholicism, though remaining on an intellectual level fascinated by Buddhism in particular. All this soon showed in his art, with his gradual adoption of religious and mythical subjects, which he saw as an important link between himself and a possibly uncomprehending public. ...

Finally arriving at his mature style, he continued to paint primarily biblical subjects, both Old and New Testament, in what one might call a sophisticated primitive style, much influenced by his intense interest in children’s art.

And as representational art gradually crept back into favour, fashion finally began to catch up with him, culminating in an extensive and impressive retrospective at the gallery England & Co in Notting Hill in 2004.

At last people could understand exactly what he meant when he said: “Art is not about meanings, but about feelings.”