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Online Gallery / Michael Herman

Michael Herman
21 Marchmount Rd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6G 2A8

(416) 530-9719

Artist's Statement

I am an emerging Toronto-based glass artist. My medium involves painting and manipulating reactive fused-glass.

Clarity, intelligence and relevance are the utmost importance in my artwork. My artwork is a visual and emotional response to my everyday here and now. Issues and symbolism appearing in my work embrace; nature, Canada, culture, fantasy, folklore and life.

I am developing a body of work that is not dependent on literal representation. I strive toward making my work more metaphorical and philosophical with a universal appeal. I am in the beginning stages of exploring glass constructions that allow the artwork to have actual movement and interact with its environment. Three dimensional constructions explore light and its effects within space and time.

Each new glasswork is a spring-board for my progressive technical and visual pursuits. I am wholly committed to pursue a career with glass and to become visible within my arts community. 


Born and raised in Toronto, Michael Herman pursued his art education at Ontario College of Art. His education was diverse as he worked part-time while attending school. Seeking a change, career opportunities brought him to Calgary, Alberta in the 1980's.

His art education was continued at the Alberta College of Art. While there he was awarded the $24,000 Alberta Heritage Scholarship and graduated from the Visual Communications program in 1988 with sub-majors in printmaking and jewellery, 

Michael's education and work history has provided him with the ability to work in many diverse and creative fields. From the silkscreen sign shop to the design, plan and fabrication for the Science centre exhibits. Returning to Toronto in the early 1990's, he worked as an art director for IBM Canada, a graphic designer and illustrator for the National Film Board of Canada. His freelance illustration led him into a full-time career doing editorial illustration and information graphics at the Toronto Star Newspaper.

Northern Ontario is frequented by Michael every year. He plans month-long canoe trips into the wilderness where he draws, recharges and re-connects. The artifacts, energy and inspiration is brought back to his studio where he produces his artwork.

His glass work is constantly attempting to capture the timing and fugitive wonders of light. Three dimensional elements are extending his search in time and spatial elements. Michael's work is always changing. Like the travelling sun over the planet, his next art piece is another constantly changing definition of light.
Fused, painted glass: "JL" 15.25 x 16.25 inches

Fused, painted glass: "Ascension" 12 x 12 inches

Fused, painted glass: "Temagami River Rock, Meeting Place" 23.5 x 12.5 inches

Fused, painted glass: "Wheatley, Ontario" 13.25 x 17.5 inches

Fused, painted glass: "Owl" 9 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches

FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 


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