Hy Farber



Into The Woods

July 13 - September 4th, 2008

Documentary on the Artist

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Slice of Apple, 1996
Laminated Plywood
32" x 27" x 38"

The Spill, 1998
Laminated Plywood
36" x 40" x 23"

Bite of Pear, 1998
Laminated Plyood
48" x 31" x 26"

Sumo Wrestlers, 1990
Laminated Plywood
74" x 72" x 51

Torso of a Woman, 1988
Laminated Plywood
16" x 12" x 6.5"

Dancing Couple, 2006
Laminated Plywood
32" x 26" x 22"

Ballet, 2005
Laminated Plywood
43" x 60" x 18

Embrace, 1997
Laminated Plywood
28" x 28" x 19"

Damsel in Distortion, 1993
6" x 4.5" x 1.75"

Hair, 1988
21" x 11" x 10.5"

Abstraction, 1999
2.5" x 4" x 4"

Embrace, 1997
2" x 2" x 1.25"

Foot in Mouth Disease, 2007
2" x 1.5" x 1.5"

Polar Bear, 2002
3.8" x 11" x 3.1"

Sumo, 1990
3" x 2.5" x 1.5"

The Burden, 2005
3.75" x 2.25" x 1.5"

Couple Dancing, 2006
5.25" x 4" x 2"

Nude Back
Oil on Canvas
47.5" x 28.5"

Abstract Painting
Oil on Canvas
48" x 72"


Wood Works

87 year-old sculptor, Hy Farber, says that he carves in wood because “it is warm like all living things.” Subjects like supple fruits, dancing couples, and sumo wrestlers bring to mind vibrancy and life in a panoply of different forms. The elegant curvature of his figures captures perpetual motion, heightened by the curvilinear wood grain as alive and organic as the trees from which they are carved. Woodworking combines the aesthetics of sleek modernity and warm naturalism to achieve a reinvigorated conception of sculpture. The scale of his work elicits a jarring but familiar experience, and his immense depictions of fruit are at once direct and surreal. Lying somewhere between the Pop of Claes Oldenberg and the abstraction of Henry Moore, Farber’s figures and still-lives renew the viewer’s relationship with sculpture and its classical tropes.

Kellen Shipley

Biography of the Artist

Hy Farber attended the High School of Music and Art in New York. He received a scholarship of study at the Florence Cane School of Art in N.Y.C., studying with the Mexican artist, Jean Charlot. He studied commercial art at Pratt Institute.

From 1939 to 1941, Mr. Farber worked as a staff artist for the New York newspaper, P.M. He served the U.S. military during Wolrd War II as an artist for the magazine, Air Force, and for many other Army publications. One of his war-effort posters won an honorable mention in a national competition, and was included in agroup show at the Museum of Modern Art, and learned a recommendation from President Roosevelt.

A chapter in the book, The Artist in Each of Us, by Florence Cane, published in 1949, highlighted Mr. Farber and his life as a young artist.

In 1946, Mr. Farber moved from New York to Los Angeles. He studied at Art Center College of Design and graduated in 1949. He then began his career as a graphic and architectural designer. Winner of over 70 awards, his design is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Mead Paper Company, and the San Francisco Public Library. He was published in Graphis, Print, and CA magazines.

Between 1951 and 1983, Mr. Farber taught graphic design at UCLA; Manchester College of Art and Design, England; California State University, Northridge; Art Center College of Design; and California State University, Los Angeles.

Mr. Farber has been working full time as a fine artist since the mid-1980s. He has received numerous awards for his sculpture and drawings, and his work has been exhibited throughout California.