TODD HEBERT (b. 1972 in Valley City, ND)


North Dakota-based artist Todd Hebert employs the atmospheric and saturated visual language associated with airbrushed graphics in his paintings. This technique heightens the uncanny humanlike engagement with vernacular activities like playing football or building snowmen.


Hebert’s work is an American lexicon: scarecrows, picnic coolers, snowmen, ceramic owls, and satellite dishes.  The images are mysteriously odd - a kind of suburban symbolism meets the allegories of the seasons (and it is definitely not Hallmark in sensibility). The artist plays off the grandeur of nature with absurd juxtapositions – picnic tables at the foot of an immense ice flow. For Hebert, the cycle of nature is really the cycle of seasonal artifacts and holiday dramas. His paintings are peculiar, minimal narratives on the passing of time.


Todd Hebert received his BFA from the University of North Dakota and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; and the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Among the numerous private and public collections that have acquired his work are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.

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