Just as the origins of Herb Alpert's music with the Tijuana Brass can be traced back to a Tijuana bullfight, his start as a painter likewise began with a trip south of the border. Though Alpert's work as an abstract expressionist painter has been inspired by a number of different sources over the years, he cites his single greatest influence as artist Rufino Tamayo, whose work first sparked his interest in painting in 1963.
Painter & Sculptor
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Herb Alpert has spent more than half his life as a respected abstract expressionist painter and sculptor, whose work has exhibited all over the world, from New York to Berlin.
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Herb Alpert has spent more than half his life as a respected abstract expressionist painter, whose work has exhibited all over the world, from New York to Antwerp, Belgium. Since he began painting in 1969, Alpert has experimented with a number of different styles and materials, perhaps none more unusual than his current medium of choice: organic coffee.
HerbAlpertPresents - December 30, 2013 - Herb Alpert will add to his numerous artistic achievements early next year when he opens two exhibits in New York City, January 2014.
Three of Alpert’s tall black bronze totems, Spirit Totems, will be on exhibit in Dante Park at West 64th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway, on January 25 – April 15, 2014. “I spent time looking all over New York City for the ideal place for the Spirit Totems. I fell in love with Dante Park because it is an open thoroughfare where the sculptures are visible with a connection to jazz at Lincoln Center,” says Herb Alpert.
Herb Alpert's artistic endeavours don't end in the music studio. Herb Alpert the sculptor and painter, sits down for an indepth interview about his 40 plus year passions. “Painting and sculpture is very much like music, in the sense that I’m looking for composition, I’m looking for harmony, I’m looking for transpositions. I want the canvas to swing.” - Herb Alpert
A music icon discovers a lifelong passion for painting, sculpture
Herb Alpert never planned on becoming a painter. After first picking up his trumpet at the age of eight, it always seemed fairly obvious he was destined for a life in the music business. Alpert grew up in a family of musicians and music lovers. He received early recognition in high school when his dance band won TV’s High Talent Battle several months in a row. He majored in music at the University of Southern California (where he also played in the school’s famous marching band, The Spirit of Troy), fulfilled his military service performing with the 6th Army Band, and by the age of twenty seven he had founded a successful record label (A&M Records), and could claim hit songs to his name as a writer (“Wonderful World”), as a producer (“Baby Talk”), and as a performer (“The Lonely Bull”).
The pieces, which are made of bronze with a black patina coating, began life as 12-inch, hand-sculpted clay forms. Gigantic-sized incarnations were then shaped by hand as well, before being molded and cast in bronze. Each piece takes as long as three months to complete. Alpert began work on the series back in 2000, originally inspired by the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific North West. The totems’ aesthetic has been described as “frozen smoke,” with Alpert himself comparing the freedom and spontaneity of their design to his improvisational work as a jazz musician.
2004 Paint on Canvas Series
May 20th, 2003 - Emmy Award-winner Tom Neff produced this documentary while the Tennessee State Museum was showcasing Herb Alpert’s Music For Your Eyes exhibit. The film examines Alpert’s expressionist work as a painter and sculptor, taking particular note of the creative connection between the man’s visual art and his music.
Alpert produced and performed nearly thirty minutes of music for the film score, collaborating with composers Michel Colombier and Eduardo del Barrio.
In 1989, after twenty years of painting in private, Herb Alpert held the first ever public exhibition of his work, at ART LA in Southern California. Soon after, Alpert unveiled his painting to an even wider audience, using the piece "My Abstract Heart" as the cover art for his album of the same name.
Alpert's painting has crossed paths with his music many times since then,
Herb Alpert’s Giant Totem Sculptures Coming To New York City
December 30, 2013
Herb Alpert | That Mysterious Thing
April 26, 2013
Music For Your Eyes Documentary
January 30, 2013
Paintings - "The Albums"
January 27, 2013
Herb Alpert's Art Career
April 23, 2013
Black and White Paintings
January 30, 2013
Herb Alpert "Acrylic Series" of Paintings
March 06, 2014
"Black Totems" Sculptures By Herb Alpert
April 18, 2013
Herb Alpert "Coffee Series" of Paintings
March 06, 2014