W. David Herman
I was born in Tarrytown, New York, and growing up my father was an engineering consultant to the paper industry who loved to travel and live overseas. As a result, we lived in various locations around the world such as India, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Mexico, and within the United States we lived in New York, Florida, and Oregon. Sometimes we moved so quickly that I spent seventh grade in three different countries. As a result of living in all these locations I received a rich exposure to different cultures and points of view that are consistently projected into my work.
After studying engineering and business I received my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon, to whom I feel indebted to for providing me with not only an excellent education, but also nurturing a deep curiosity about the world in general.
My first job out of college was at the Tallix Art Foundry in Peekskill, New York, and it is there that I fell in love with sculpture and metalworking. As I saw the world not as a trained artist but an engineer, I sought to discover all that metal had to offer at the confluence of art and engineering. I describe my work as an exploration of the human body and its interaction with the universe, interpreted in stainless-steel.
I have chosen to work in stainless-steel as I feel it exemplifies design; it is strong enough to build self-supporting structures, rigid enough to portray almost any inanimate object, but still soft enough be eyelids or lips on a face. It can bare its naked soul to the weather and elements and not require any paint or patina to cover or sustain its true being. And unlike a casting that is a third generation copy of the original, since I fabricate all my sculptures each one is an individual that I have touched and worked every inch personally.
I live in Eugene, Oregon, where all my sculptures are now fabricated in my studio. I use three different stainless-steel alloys, 304, 308, and 316, and I use a TIG welder to fabricate all my sculpture.
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Science
Tallix Art Foundry, Beacon NY 1986 – 1992
Metal sculpture designer, fabricator, welder, finisher. Worked with sculptors such as Nancy Graves, Jeff Koons, Tom Otterness, Erte, and Nathan Rappaport.
Galleries and Shows
Attic Gallery, Portland Oregon 1995 – 2015
New York Art Expo 2010 – 2012
Toronto Art Expo 2012
Charlotte Fine Art Show 2012
Berkshires Fine Arts Show 2011 – 2012
Hoboken Arts Tour 2012
Barsky Gallery, Hoboken NJ 2013 – 2015
Westport River Gallery, Westport Ct 2013 – 2018
David Herman Gallery Kent, Ct 2015 – 2020
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