Collection of the Artist Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Allan Stone Projects, 'James Havard: Cultural Crossroads,' April - June 2017
John Havard pioneered the Abstract Illusionist movement in the 70s, a style where forms were shaded on the picture plane to appear three-dimensional. In the 80s and 90s, Havard returned to a more figurative style, inspired by Art Brutists such as Jean Dubuffet. As seen in the work above, his style became raw and primitive with vibrant colors. His work is often multimedia, using experimental box construction, encaustics, and other forms of collage. Havard’s work can be found in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, and the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
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