In his paintings John Herzberg strives to liberate himself from analytical thinking and enter a state of creative flow. He is interested in accessing his creativity by way of the subconscious mind. Herzberg is an abstract painter, though his abstractions often refer to the concrete world. The painting Sidewalk Puddle, for example, could be viewed as an entirely abstract piece, or it could help to see a sidewalk puddle anew, as an entirely abstract, painterly “event.”
Although Herzberg has been interested in abstract art since childhood, he did not immerse himself in painting until he was twenty years old. He began with spray paint techniques, using whatever tools he could get his hands on, moving on to experimenting with acrylics and oils. Recently, he was diagnosed with a condition that causes persistent migraine aura. Herzberg suffers visual disturbances that vary in intensity from day to day, but remain present even when the headache pain is not. Through brush strokes and paint splatter, textures and depths, Herzberg shares his vision of the world and how he copes with it.