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Bizarre Landscapes: Painting and Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel

An abstract painting with many long colourful brushstrokesUntitled

Looking at Jonathan Hertzel’s work is like seeing an image transformed into different mediums. A sculptor and a painter, Jonathan’s bronze sculptures seem like fragments of his chaotic paintings, pulled off the canvas and made three-dimensional.


The sense of movement in Jonathan’s paintings is incredible. Despite their strictly abstract nature, I find myself viewing them more as landscapes, if quite bizarre landscapes. These images have a depth that allows the viewer to see their self falling into them, or travelling through them. This notion of being “in” the paintings is solidified when looking at Jonathan’s sculptures: they take the form of large, extended brushstrokes from one of the artists paintings, brought into our three-dimensional world and given personality.


An abstract with sharp, dark line-art mixed with pastel brushtrokesUntitled


A website screen capture of Jonathan Hertzel's sculpturesRe-Action Figures, an online gallery of sculptures by Jonathan Hertzel

Similar to the paintings, Jonathan’s sculptures are abstract, yet they still have the feeling of figures. They have a rough, unpolished texture to them and yet, as in the paintings, have a wonderful sense of clean movement.


A series of tree or figure-like abstract bronze sculpturesWax Wing

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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