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Born in 1946 in Chicago, IL, John Himmelfarb grew up in rural Illinois. Himmelfarb graduated from Harvard in 1970 where he received both his BA and graduate degree. He returned to Chicago in 1970 where he lives and works today. Himmelfarb exhibits extensively all over the country and his work has been collected by over fifty institutions. Widely respected, his influences range from Pollock and Dubuffet to Matisse and Picasso. His work references surrealism and Art Brut and thru his decades long career as an artist he has developed his own vocabulary of abstract symbols. Himmelfarb works in a variety of mediums: paint, sculpture, drawing and assemblage. Himmelfarb has referenced trucks in his work for decades yet in the past ten years they have become a central theme. By focusing on the truck Himmelfarb pushes past just exploring the vehicle by asking us to explore ourselves - our work ethic, self sufficiency and our common experience as Americans and the nostalgia trucks invoke. Most recently an extensive survey of his work was shown at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University and the Amarillo Museum of Art.




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