Untitled (le vide), 2016
Oil and colored pencil on canvas
40 x 30 inches
Philosophical and introspective, Howard Fonda’s paintings portray a Romantic worldview and a mystical inner-journey. With an undeniably unique and expressive style, Fonda’s compositions and subject matter explore the constructs of autobiography within the realm of de-constructed psychological narratives. Using an alla prima technique, where paintings are started and finished in one sitting, these artworks highlight the gesture and lay bare the formal decisions made. Imbuing his canvases with colorful portraits, flowers, and a spattering of other figurative subjects, 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.” His paintings and drawings embody his conviction that, “the difference between representation and abstraction is like the difference between clouds and sky.”
Fonda has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, Microsoft Art Collection, Seattle, SEI Collection, in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and in numerous private collections. Fonda holds an Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelors of Science in History and Fine Art from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.