Howard Friedland OPA

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Howard Friedland OPA

Howard Friedland was born in Bronx New York. Lived in Miami Florida, Albuquerque and Taos New Mexico and now resides in Bozeman Montana with his wife artist Susan Blackwood. He studied fine art and commercial art at New York’s High School of Music and Art. He went to college at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in the department of Art and Architecture in New York’s Greenwich Village. Howard has studied painting with Ned Jacob, Michael J. Lynch, Mark Daley, Laura Robb, William Schultz, Robert Kuester, Charles Reed, Carolyn Anderson, Mitch Billis, Scott Christensen and most recently with Matt Smith.

Oil Painters of America inducted Howard as a Signature Member into their organization in 2003. He recently was the winner of the First Place Award in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Fall Online Showcase Signature Member Division. In 2008 Friedland was honored to receive the coveted National Award of Excellence “Best of Show” at the 17th annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition.
He has also received the Award for Best painting by a Signature member from that prestigious organization. Howard has also been awarded the Best Landscape medal at the “Icons of the West” show at the Dana Gallery in Missoula Montana. He and his wife have been featured in numerous art magazine feature articles. Howard has painted, taught and exhibited extensively in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, New Jersey, Kansas, Florida, Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and China. Friedland’s work is featured in many private and corporate collections around the world including museums in China.

Artist Statement

“The challenge for me is always to see the world with fresh eyes and respond spontaneously to the beauty before me. It’s possible to lose the impact of my initial vision out of doors due to the continually changing light. For this reason I strive to capture as quickly and accurately as possible the visual sensations that I have of the subject. I study the color relationships and try to note them as best as I can. Back at my studio I use these “on the spot” studies for larger paintings. I also take some photos for additional information, however I’m careful not to copy the photograph (too much information could dilute my first impression). Therefore, I also have to rely on my memory to recall the mood that I wanted to express.”

“Some painters prefer to render a picture tightly to a literal level of finish. However I prefer to paint only enough for the viewer to get a clear vision of what the subject is and suggest the rest. When the painting is viewed close up you can see the many colorful brush strokes, as you step further away the brush strokes disappear and your eye pulls the whole painting together. That is what the magic of painting is about for me. This allows the viewers to use their own imagination and participate in the painting.”

Awards and Accolades

  • 2012- William J. Schultz Award of Excellence- American Impressionist Society Exhibition – Eckert and Ross Gallery, Indianapolis Indiana
  • 2015 – Judge for the 9th Annual Raymar Fine Art Competition.
  • 2015 – Faculty at the Plein Air Convention – Monterey California.
  • 2014 – First Place Award – Oil Painters of America – Signature Member Division Fall On-Line Showcase
  • 2013/14 – Finalist – Raymar 7th Annual Fine Art Competition – April
  • 2013 – Best Plein Air Sunset Painting Award – Oil Painters of America Salon Show Crooked Tree Art Center
  • 2013 – Best Animal Painting Award – Oil painters of America Salon Show Crooked Tree Art Center
  • 2012 – William J. Schultz Award of Excellence – American Impressionist Society National Show
  • 2012/11 – Finalist – Raymar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition – November, September, August, July, June and April
  • 2011 – Best Landscape Award – Icons of the West Show
  • 2011 – Judges Honorable Mention Award – Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery
  • 2010/05 – Jurors Top 50 Award – Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery – 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005.
  • 2008 – Best of Show Award – National Award of Excellence – Oil Painters of America National Show
  • 2007 – Best Painting by a Signature Member Award – Oil Painters of America – Central Regional Show
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