Winner of Next Star Artist 2008 –

Winner of Next Star Artist 2008 –

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the winner of the Next Star Artist competition ( for 2008 as being Herb Williams !!!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and to all the fantastic judges

Next Star Artist competition judges:

Rebecca Wilson: Saatchi Gallery –
Amy Stein: Artist –
Adam Simon: Fine Art Adoption Network –
David Cohen: Artworld Digest Magazine –
Shelley Esaak: About Network (Art History) –
Jon Feinstein: Humble Arts Foundation –
Sandra Pattin: Florence Biennale –
Jay FC: Galleri HK –
Paul Drake: Artist –
Amani Olu: Humble Arts Foundation –
Jodi Melfi: Absolute Arts –
Morgan Croney: –
Martin Hosking: Red Bubble:
Sixtine Crutchfield: Art Culture Studio:
Dion: Art News Blog –

Herb Williams Bio (

I am interested in iconic objects that society perceives to fit one role, and then reintroducing them in different subtexts. There are several questions that arise when an object(such as a crayon) that is so often associated with childhood is used to address issues dealing with more adult matters. The sculptures are childlike in their curious approach to the object as icon, but intriguing and satisfying to me in the use of pure color as form. Larger room installations also add the element of playing to the olfactory sense. I hope that this body of work is my most successful in adding to the greater visual dialogue of original art. My intent is to continue to seriously create art that looks at itself unseriously.

Some of my influences are H.C. Westermann, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sandy Skoglund, Liza Lu, David Mach, Charles Ray, Magritte, Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Robert Rauschenburg, Banksy, and Ai Weiwei.

I am the only individual in the world with an account with Crayola. I get these colors individually packed 3000 to a case. I cut down the sticks to the length I need by hand with either double guillotine cigar cutters or large breed dog nail clippers. I then bond the paper, not the wax, to a form I have carved or cast, completely enveloping the form. Lately I have been casting the completed crayon sculptures in a silicone jacket mold with a two-part epoxy resin and then painting the resin sculpture to look like the original, for a small edition. The sculptures beg to be touched, so when they are cast it makes the handling of them that much easier. (from

image: Herb Williams in his studio

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications

5 Responses

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  2. “Herb” or Joey as I know him, has always been an amazing artist and an incredible person. We went to school together (starting in junior high) and took art classes together in high school. It was unreal to watch him draw, but his thought process and the way he saw things was what intrigued me. He was always a generous and kind person also. He is deserving of any and all recognition for his art, and for being such a good person! I am proud to say I know him! Way to go Joey!!! I knew I’d be reading about you one day!!!

  3. YAY Herb!!

  4. Dude, we’ve known for a while what a star Herb is, but now it’s recognized by everyone else. ‘Bout damn time! Kudos, brother!

  5. Watch the hottest adult stars at home. You never know what may happen behind closed doors.

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