Abstract Illusionism to Art Brut: A Painter’s Evolution at Bill Lowe Gallery
His styles, techniques, and cross-cultural inspirations are all over the map, earning his works their places in key permanent collections across the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden, to name just a few. Atlanta-based Bill Lowe Gallery shows a small but intriguing selection of Havard’s work from the late 1990s; these pieces stand as a sort of time capsule, or snapshots of that particular place and time in the artist’s creative trajectory.
In this collection, the medium is oil and wax on wood. The style is pared-down—a signifier of Havard’s shift from the “Abstract Illusionism” that first earned him recognition in the 1970s to figurations that recall
What makes these subjects come alive is the artist’s skillful use of color. As Julie Sasse, chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art, writes, Havard is “a master colorist, manipulator of paint, and conjuror of images and associations... Havard’s ability to mix cultures, eras, media, and techniques lies in his keen eye for juxtaposing shapes, colors, and textures.”