November 10-December 15, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist will be in attendance
H.J. (aka Harvey) Bott was born in Gill, Colorado. He attended adult life drawing classes each summer for five years at Greeley State College. Bott had his first major two-person exhibit at Trinity University at age 14, while also attending the Coppini Academy for classical sculpture.
Upon completing high school in San Antonio, Texas, he began a Tri-Coastal and European education process that included joint studies in art and cultural anthropology at the Art Center College and the University of Southern California, Art Students League with graduate studies at New York and Columbia University, respectively; Dusseldorf Kunstakademie, Bamberg Kunstschule, and the University of Heidelberg, to name a few.
His work shows the brilliance of his discoveries as it contains geometry, math, science, technology, perspective, cultural anthropology, social psychology and the world's cultural symbols reminding one of the need for the visual arts to be taught in every discipline.
In a recently published book, H.J. Bott: Rhythm and Rhetoric, the words of Casey Stranahan, University of Edinburgh, and a Dallas resident, help us understand the major influence Bott has had on the Texas art scene and the artists who have been drawn to the state in the past forty years.
Bott's work has been shown in exhibitions ranging from a restroom in the bus station, Wendover, Utah, to galleries, art centers and museums principally in New York, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Dusseldorf and Mexico City. His career includes seventy five solo exhibitions, sixteen solo Robott performances, twenty four solo in-situ installations, and more than seven hundred group gallery exhibitions including three hundred and thirty invitational survey shows. Over sixty public (museums, cities and universities) and corporate collections include his work. He has completed many governmental commissions and over one hundred and sixty private and corporate commissions.
His studio, Bott's Blue-Barn-on-Barnes, is in Houston's West End.