Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman (b. 1970)

Since receiving his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2006, Howard Sherman has been leading a new generation of explosive contemporary painters in the Texas art world. Sherman’s typically human-scale canvases carry traces of his background in cartooning, offsetting the loud, raw power of his aggressive paint strokes with a playful sense of humor. His smaller works on paper show an intuitive use of material in a distilled yet assertive manner.

The large paintings facilitate the immense physicality within Sherman’s work, while leaving space for his keen sense of formal resolution. The frenetic and muscular heft of the work is balanced with a measured precision and a thoughtful integration of a number of art historical styles. Sherman’s cartoonish figuration complements his bold use of abstract mark making, embedding into the canvases what could be read as portraits, punch lines or poems.  He is constantly refining his visual and conceptual vocabulary, experimenting with sculptural surfaces and collage. 

Only two years after completing his M.F.A., Sherman was featured in a solo traveling exhibition originating at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. His work is in several museum collections and is on permanent display at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Sherman’s painting was chosen for the cover of the art history book Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards. The artist has been profiled several times in New American Paintings and his work appears in the book Texas Artists Today. Rice University collects his personal artifacts for their research center. He has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts,  School of Visual Arts, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artist Residency Program and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Sherman has been in a number of solo exhibitions across the United States, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions in Texas, California, New York, Florida, Spain, India, and Peru. 

The artist lives and works in New York City and Houston. 


2006                 University of North Texas-M.F.A.-Painting and Drawing 

1993                  University of Texas at Austin-B.A.-Studio Art


2020                 Foltz Fine Art, “Exploited Nudes Meant For Commodification”; Houston, TX 

Roaster's Gallery, Chinati open house weekend; Marfa, TX (pending)

2019                 ARC House; Houston TX
Erin Cluley Gallery; “Summer 2019” Dallas, TX
Blue Orange Contemporary, “Howard Sherman and Marcelyn McNeil”; Houston, TX 

2018                 Roaster's Gallery, "Whirling in it's own Feedback Loop" Chinati open house weekend; Marfa, TX 

PRVT VW Gallery; “Knee Deep”; New York, NY 

Field Projects Gallery; “Comfort Level”; curated by Alissa Polan; New York, NY
Union Gallery; “Collect It For The Culture”; curated by Robert Leroy Hodge; Houston, TX
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; “44 Artists From Texas”; curated by Linda Cullum; Lubbock, TX

2017                 Rudolph Blume/Artscan Gallery; "Ludwig Schwarz/Howard Sherman"; Houston, Texas
MECA Art Fair; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Alaina Simone Projects
Mill Contemporary; “Lucky Strike”; Santa Fe, NM
Cultural Center Rocky Neck Art Colony, "Instigators" solo exhibition; Gloucester, MA 

Flight Gallery, "Referendum" curated by Tommy Gregory; San Antonio, TX 

Circuit12 Contemporary; "Shifting Fancy Of The Crowd" solo exhibition; Dallas, TX 

2016                 Rudolph Blume/Artscan Gallery: "Dialogue" curated and catalog essay by Howard Sherman; Houston, TX Art Busan; Busan, South Korea with Blue Orange Contemporary

2015                 Roaster Gallery, “Feeding off the land like an animal” solo exhibition; Chinati open house weekend; Marfa, Texas 

Angelo State University,”Shambolic Power”; solo exhibition for Henry Edwards Distinguished Lectureship in Art; San Angelo, Texas 

Blue Orange Contemporary, “Lurching and Cursing in a Field of Tulips” solo exhibition and
“Texas Abstract:Modern+Contemporary” book signing; Houston, Texas * “Sportsmanship Is For Suckers” painting chosen for book cover 

Rudolph Blume/Artscan Gallery; "Texas abstract:modern-contemporary"; group exhibition; Houston, Texas Rudolph Blume/Artscan Gallery; "Eating Paint"; group exhibition ; Houston, Texas 

Rudolph Blume/Artscan Gallery; "Eating Paint"; group exhibition ; Houston, Texas 

2014                 “Texas Abstract:Modern+Contemporary” by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards (Fresco Books) book signing and exhibition, Wade Wilson Gallery; Santa Fe, NM * “Sportsmanship Is For Suckers” painting chosen for book cover 

Art Museum of South Texas,"40 for 40: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection"; Corpus Christi, Texas 

University of North Texas Artspace Dallas; distinguished alumni exhibition; Dallas, Texas 

2013                 McMurtrey Gallery,"Metaphysical Batman"; solo exhibition; Houston, Texas
Williams Tower Gallery; "Collage, More and Less: Redux"; group exhibition; Houston, Texas 

Houston Arts Alliance, Howard Sherman:Artist picks; exhibition curated by Howard Sherman; group exhibition; Houston, Texas 

McMurtrey Gallery Microspace; "Self-replicating as Godzilla"; solo exhibition; Houston, Texas 

2012                 Cris Worley Fine Arts; "List of demands"; solo exhibition; Dallas, Texas McClain Gallery, "In Plain Sight"; group exhibition; Houston, Texas (catalogue) 

Houston Arts Alliance; "Layover: Houston Airport System Portable Artwork Collection Preview"; group exhibition; Houston, Texas 

Flanders Gallery, "Another impatient sucker"; solo exhibition; Raleigh, North Carolina Cris Worley Fine Arts; "Studio Visit 1-1" group exhibition; Dallas, Texas 

2011                 Cris Worley Fine Arts (with Fedri Fine Art Advisory); "Melodrama over craft, craft over melodrama" solo exhibition; Dallas, Texas 

Muse Gallery; “Houston to Hyderabad” group exhibition; Hyderabad, India
Annual Paint Snob Exhibition; Arkansas State University; group exhibition; Jonesboro, Arkansas 

Assistance League of Houston: Celebrates Texas Art 2011; Williams Tower Gallery; group exhibition; Houston, Texas; Curated by Heather Pasanti, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York 

2010                 Galveston Arts Center; "Eating your friction" solo museum exhibition traveling from Art Museum of Southeast Texas Artspace; “Bogus rating system” solo exhibition; Raleigh, North Carolina
Museo de Arte Moderno; group exhibition; Trujillo, Peru
Pan American Art Projects; “Abstractions” group exhibition; Miami, Florida 

G Gallery; “New American Paintings #90 winners”; group exhibition; Houston, Texas

2009                 McMurtrey Gallery; “When gorillas shoot pigs” solo exhibition; Houston, Texas 

Pan American Art Projects; “Bloodthirsty animal on two legs” solo exhibition; Dallas, Texas 

2008                 Art Museum of Southeast Texas; “Eating your friction” solo exhibition; Beaumont, Texas *included full color catalogue 

Gerald Peters Gallery; “Group dialogue” group exhibition; Santa Fe, New Mexico 

McMurtrey Gallery; “In my mind, you’re inflatable” solo exhibition; Houston, Texas 

Artist-in-residence group exhibition; McColl Center for Visual Art; Charlotte, North Carolina 

American University; “Multiplicitocracy” group exhibition; Washington, D.C. 

2007                 Camp Marfa; Marfa, Texas 

Gerald Peters Gallery; “Commodification of dissent” solo exhibition; Dallas, Texas 

North Harris College artist-in-residence solo exhibition; Houston, Texas 

2006                 McMurtrey Gallery; “Venti Americano” solo exhibition; Houston, Texas 

REM Gallery; solo exhibition; San Antonio, Texas 

Arthouse; “New American Talent”; two-year traveling exhibition; Austin, Texas; Juror: Aimee Chang, Exhibition Coordinator and Assistant Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Assistance League of Houston: Celebrates Texas Art 2006; Williams Tower Gallery; Houston, Texas; Curated by Jeffrey Grove, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Art Museum, Atlanta 


Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
Bank of Montreal
Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston, Texas 

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
Lonestar College - North Harris County, Texas
Dow Golub Remels & Beverly, LLP, Houston, Texas


2016                 Visiting artist - Hunter College; Nari Ward’s graduate drawing seminar; New York City, NY 

2015                 Henry Edwards Distinguished Lectureship in Art; Angelo State University; San Angelo, TX 

2014                 “Texas Abstract:Modern+Contemporary” by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards published by Fresco Books; 

“Sportsmanship is for suckers” painting chosen for art history book cover along with a five-page profile 

2014                 Artist of the Year Award at The Decorative Center Houston 

2014                 Artist Fellowship grant 

2013                 New American Paintings Volume 108; Western Edition; Juror:Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum; Austin, Texas 

2012                 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; artist-in-residence; Amherst, Virginia 

2012                 Wurlitzer Foundation artist-in-residence; Taos, New Mexico 

2011                 Menil Collection; "Artist's Eye" lecture series - Howard Sherman discusses the work of John Chamberlain 

2011                 Visiting artist-Thomas Lawrence lecture series; Buckinghamshire New University; London, England 

2010                 Menil Collection at the Cy Twombly Gallery - "Artist's Eye" lecture series - Howard Sherman discusses the work of Cy Twombly 

2010                 “Texas Artists Today” published by Marquand Books 

2010                 New American Paintings Volume 90; Western Edition; Juror: Toby Kamps, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art for the Menil 

2010                 Jentel artist-in-residence; Banner, Wyoming

2010                 Vermont Studio Center artist-in-residence; Johnson, Vermont awarded Dedalus fellowship 

2010                 Set design Catastrophic Theatre production of, "Our Late Night"; Houston, Texas 2008 Visiting artist; University of North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina

2008                 McColl Center for Contemporary Arts; artist-in-residence; Charlotte, North Carolina 2007 Visiting artist; Stephen F. Austin State University 

2007                 New American Paintings Volume 72; Western Edition; Nick Capasso, Curator, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park 

2006                 Houston Chronicle Preview magazine cover
2006                 Houston Press;"Howie Wowie:McMurtrey Gallery scores with Venti Americano" 

by Keith Plocek 

2006-2007        North Harris College artist-in-residence; Houston, Texas 

2005                 New American Paintings Volume 60; Western Edition; Fereshteh Daftari, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York 

2005                 School of Visual Arts summer residency; New York, New York 



Howard Sherman, Houston Chronicle, November 2020


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