“I visualize a personal reality; I wish to share it, so I paint and draw.”
Harvey Ehrlich’s life has always been that of an artist, from the age of five to the present. Graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, his career has been notable not only for its accomplishments, but also for its range.
Two parallel paths have marked his professional life: Fine Art, and nearly everything else an artist and designer can do, from illustration to packaging, design of museums and world’s fair pavilions, animated film, toys, film direction and performance, posters and corporate identity. He is one of America’s leading Visual Illuminators and Idea Generators, bringing the future to visual life, creating new product, packaging and marketing concepts for Fortune 500 companies both here and abroad... yet, as expansive as his design career is, his passion remains committed to the paintings and drawings that are not only intensely personal, but uncompromising in execution, for he believes quite strongly in the connection between the head and the hand, as well as that between the heart and the hand. Skill and the craft of art matters, and matters greatly...
His drawings and paintings, both acrylic and pastel, are shape-based and infused with rich, vibrant, even jarring juxtapositions of color. His mastery of the pencil is evident; the power of his dark tones and the vibrancy of his line breathes life onto and into the paper. One can see the tracks of his hand sweeping across the page; linear energy captured in black, white, and a thousand hues between.
Ehrlich has been in many group shows; The National Drawing Association; American Artist’s Professional League; The Pleiades Gallery; The Salmagundi Club; Today’s American Artists at Federal Hall, NYC; The National Art League; The Makeready Press Gallery; The Putnam Arts Center; The Katonah Museum of Art, The Connecticut Pastel Society, The Silvermine Guild and had a two-man show at Arts in the Loft at the Millbrook Winery; he is represented in many private and corporate collections.