Heidi Howard @ Nancy Margolis

Heidi Howard, Self Portrait - Winter, 2014, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches (court
Heidi Howard, Self Portrait - Winter, 2014, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches (courtesy of Nancy Margolis Gallery)

Kate Liebman reviews a recent exhibition of paintings by Heidi Howard at Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York.

Liebman writes that Howard's "pictures are deeply embedded in the tradition of Western portraiture, and her biggest influence is apparent throughout the show: the Nabis. She paints her friends, herself, and her family, seeking to capture physical likeness and that more intangible beast, personality, with her unique sense of color and an original use of pattern... Her emphasis on line differentiates her from many of the towering contemporary figure painters who rely on blocks and bleeds of color to create articulated faces (Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton). By not making fully rendered figures with skin tone, Howard keeps her paintings open and confident."