Artist Statement

My work is an intuitive adventure of exploring the dynamics of emotions through form, structure and color. I look to capture the energy of these elements and their interaction in the space that they occupy. Taking my head out of my work, I strive to achieve spontaneous mark making; quickly applying layers as I build the painting.


Howard Brotman was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, The School of Visual Arts and The Arts Students League in New York City.  From his diverse studies of figure, color and photography he later developed a keen eye for graphic design. He later returned to Philadelphia where he began making non-representational paintings. 
His most recent work plays off of the positive and negative space that forms create.  It touches upon the experimentation of creating spacial planes through the use of color and its combinations that create energy through patterns, reflective of Expressionism.  He continues to explore the interaction of forms in an interior setting as well; using his imagination, composition, light and shadow as a means of taking the viewer through a space to begin to tell a story.
Howard Brotman has exhibited in several galleries local to Philadelphia and New Jersey.  His work has been added to many collections Nationally.

Gallery Shows:

Boston Street Gallery October 23 - November 21 2019 

Annual Juried Show Abington Art Center (juried, Leah Modigliani)  May 13 - July 23 2016   
Annual Spring Gala Exhibition Main Line Art Center (juried, Pam Regan) May 1 - June 7 2015

Artists Unite! Project Fishtown 2  September 5-7, 2014 52 artists / 175 works of art

Artists Unite! Project Fishtown 
September 6-8, 2013 19 artists / 100 works of art
Produced, Artists Unite! A way for artists to show early works - some never seen before and at affordable prices. The debut of this show will be held in a 6,000 sq. ft. loft space in Fishtown. The launch of the show will be September 6-8, 2013.

Emergence, Nichols Berg Gallery  September 30 - October 29 2011

Annual Juried Show Cheltenham Center for the Arts  2010

Lobby Exhibition, Two Commerce Square 2002 Market Street, Philadelphia PA  February - April 2010

Equinox, Abstract Expressions Gallery Mount Holly NJ March 6 - April 17 2009

Bloomingdale's Willow Grove PA  Located in the executive offices Exhibiting: Dark Spot series      February 1 - 29 2009