Howard Fonda, ‘Untitled’, 2016, The Dot Project

About Howard Fonda

Howard Fonda fills his canvases with colorful portraits, flowers, and a spattering of other figurative subjects, as well as ebullient abstract compositions derived from nature. He achieves a sense of immediacy through loose brushstrokes, which, as Michelle Grabner wrote, “serve as an abstract field, the artist privileging intuition over illustration and conveying transcendental philosophy without strictly picturing a divinely invested natural world.” Ever philosophical and introspective, Fonda expresses a romantic worldview through text-based paintings, such as an untitled work from 2011, composed of the words “endless, timeless, limitless, nothingness,” written in sprawling violet letters across a sky-blue background. His series of untitled works from 2012, as well as his largely autobiographical paintings and drawings from 2013, embody his conviction that, “the difference between representation and abstraction is like the difference between clouds and sky.”

American, b. 1974, based in Portland, Oregon

Solo Shows

2014
Mixed Greens, 
New York,
2011
Mixed Greens, 
New York,
Howard Fonda

Group Shows

2018
San Francisco,
A Tree Falls in the Woods - curated by FMLY Projects

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Mixed Greens at PULSE Miami Beach 2015
2014
Mixed Greens at Dallas Art Fair 2014
2013
Mixed Greens at Texas Contemporary