Herb Alpert is a respected abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. He is a recipient of the 2013 National Medal of Arts Award, presented to him at the White House by former President Barack Obama.
Since he began painting in 1969, Alpert has experimented with many different styles and materials. Alpert’s paintings have been inspired by a number of different sources over his artistic career; critics have noted the obvious influences from not only American abstract expressionists, but also the painters of the School of Paris in the 1950s. Yet Alpert cites his greatest influence as Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, whose work first sparked his interest in painting in 1963.
Alpert’s sculptures, notably his Black Spirit Totems series, inspired by indigenous sculptural forms from the Pacific Northwest, draw interest with their freedom of form and massive size. Some bronze pieces of this series reach 18 feet in height.
Alpert’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in events, museums and galleries in the United States and Europe, including the Art Cologne, the Art Fair Basel, the Galerie Frank Haenel in Germany, the Galerie van der Planken in Belgium, the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the MB Modern in New York City, the Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, California, the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica in California. and the ACA Gallery in New York City. His works is also included in the permanent collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, and nine sculptures at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.