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A Portfolio of Painting by Howard Fonda

A painting made from coloured pencil and paintUntitled, acrylic and coloured pencil on raw canvas

Howard Fonda is a painter who works in a wide colour palette, building canvases that often seem more like drawings in the way that the pigment is applied and the way negative space is emphasized. The artist’s style is sketched and almost childlike in places, but Fonda’s expert eye for balanced composition lends the works an undeniable sense of intention. 

A painting that resolves into a cat's face made from many coloured marksUntitled, acrylic and coloured pencil on raw canvas


Many of the artist’s works incorporate text elements, or use strategic compositions to suggest different images depending on whether the viewer is up close, or far away. The artist’s most recent works are built up from elongated marks in varying thicknesses, with an entire rainbow of hues spread evenly across the canvas so that some works take on a kind of op-art aesthetic -- up close, the entire canvas appears covered in a random selection of marks, and it’s only once the viewer steps back that the various marks knit together and a single cohesive forms resolves itself. 


In more recent paintings, moments of raw canvas or white space shine through the cacophony of marks, but in older works the colour is dense, multi-layered, and quite impenetrable.

A painting of a bird between two palm treesUntitled, oil and coloured pencil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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