Howard Hastie grew up in the Boston area. His father was a commercial artist and helped develop Howard’s talent in drawing and painting. Howard’s early paintings were surrealist in nature, creating compositions of dreamlike spaces. Upon entering Massachusetts College of Art he switched from painting to sculpture. He says, “I wanted to explore my inner world with a building format. I felt that my painted imagery lacked a structure that I would find in building train set models for example. So I pursued the structural framework of 3D form and began to love working with wood.” He went on to spend many years building wooden sculpture and furniture.
Now he has returned to the 2D world of painting with a new perspective. He is passionate about integrating his experience of 3D building with his painting. “I now can build my compositions, which is what I really wanted way back when without knowing how.” But he has not abandoned his free form imagery that he has been sketching in his sketchbooks for years. “I like to use shapes and symbols in a metaphorical way. Now I have the experience of both worlds; organic and geometric.” Instead of tight perfect wooden inlays, Howard now pursues a field of free form geometry where the compositional structure is delivered by the organic aspect of the canvas, paint, and his paintbrush. “ I don’t want perfect lines and patterns, I just want a overall sense of balance.”
He is now living in Holyoke, MA and his work is being shown in galleries and museums in the Northeast.
Lesley Bartole, Middlesex News 2017
BFA - Massachusetts College of Art - Boston, Massachusetts
MFA - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC
September 2019, "Sense of Place"
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
April 2019, "Object(ive)
Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
March 2018, "Expo 37"
B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY
June 2017, "Viridian Artists 28th International Exhibition"
Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, NY
September 2016, "Bank of the Arts Exhibition"
Craven Arts Gallery, New Bern, NC
April - August 2016, "75th Regional Exhibition"
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
April 2016, "Breaking the Mold"
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
May 2015, "65th Annual Art of the Northeast"
Silvermine Art Gallery, New Canaan, CT