retired professor from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Herbert
Olds is considered by the art world to be one of the country's finest
draftsmen. The dense compositions commonly found in Olds' work feature
layer upon layer of disparate imagery, juxtaposed in unexpected ways.
The human figure is usually the primary focus, and it is often surrounded
by a combination of animals and seemingly random everyday objects. Olds
intends for the intricacy of his drawings to be studies of life itself:
multifaceted, busy, contradictory and, at times, complicated. Another
common element in Olds' work is Olds himself. The majority of his drawings
feature self-portraits, which has allowed for his art to become a visual
chronicle of his physical, personal, and artistic development throughout
the years. Herb Olds was named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year in 1982.
He had over 30 solo exhibitions over his career with a retrospective
at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio in 1997.
His drawings have been featured in many public and private collections
around the country; he won a Carnegie Museum of Art Purchase Prize in
1980. A charismatic professor, Herb Olds was the 1974 recipient of the
Ryan Teaching Award and was named the first Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor
of Art in 1988.
- Herb Olds