Blog Menu

Quick-Sketch Aesthetic: Art by Jonathan Hertzel

An abstract painting made with yellow and purple tonesInversion 1

Jonathan Hertzel is a painter and sculptor who works in a gestural, abstracted style. The artist’s works embrace a frenetic, quick-sketch aesthetic while suggesting all manner of figures and objects. 

An abstract painting with strokes of bright colourInversion 10


I really enjoy the recent paintings in Jonathan’s Inversions series -- the works here are reminiscent of early expressionist abstractions, using colour palettes that evoke wild bursts of energy and growth. The overall atmosphere of these paintings is sometimes organic, evoking florals and cellular processes, and sometimes takes on a more industrial edge. In any case, the artist’s use of highly visible brush marks and strong, dark line work draws the viewer’s eye across every corner of the canvas. 

The front page of Jonathan Hertzel's art portfolio

The artist’s bronze sculptures reflect a similar approach to image-making -- these pieces translate the notion of heavy, traceable brush marks into sculptures that carry the evidence of their making, in a way that hearkens to the abstract works of Rebecca Warren and other contemporary sculptors.

An outdoor sculpture of an abstracted figureNehushtan

About the author

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.

Read more of Dallas' posts

Easily build your art website

and focus your time on making art.


Try free for 30 days. No payment required.