Next Star Artist Update November 08 –

Next Star Artist Update November 08 –


It’s been a while since I posted an update on Herb Williams who won the inaugural Next Star Artist competition so here’s the latest goss. The most exciting news is that Herb was chosen to create the album cover for the mega popular rock band The All American Rejects ( who have just released their latest album titled “When the World Comes Down” which is to be released on the 16th of December. For the cover (see image), Herb really stepped up and created what I think is an absolutely astonishing and extremely evocative image that uses the crayon in ways that I never would have imagined it could be used. Herb’s use of fire and melting crayon is really effective and extremely innovative as well as being just plain cool.

herb-williams-exhibition1Herb’s work is currently being exhibited at the The Rymer Gallery in Nashville Tennesee as part of the galleries current exhibition called “Colour is Relative” which runs from the 1st to the 29th of November.
You can see the works by Herb Williams that are being exhibited here:
The website featured a selection of photos from the opening reception for the exhibition which can be viewed here:
According to “Artist Herb Williams, Tonia Trotter and Neil Ward show off Herb’s colorful shoe art made completely of crayons. Herb, the curator of the Rymer Gallery downtown, showed several pieces to collectors in Pink Slip, the hotel’s bar.” (see image)
The Rymer Gallery is located at 233 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219 (

herb-williams-uniteEven more exciting is the print that Herb has produced of the amazing portrait that he recently completed of President-Elect Barack Obama to celebrate the momentous victory. If you would like to get your hands on one of these awesome prints you can bid on a signed copy currently being auctioned on ebay by Herb. This is a signed print of the original portrait of President-Elect Barack Obama, that Artist Herb Williams constructed from over 50,000 crayons. The portrait is based on a photo that famous portrait photographer Richard Avedon took during the ’04 Democratic convention, where Obama gave his infamous, “red and blue states” speech. The archival print is mint, 20″ x 16″, and signed in pencil with the artist’s name in the lower right hand corner. You can view a short segment where NBC interviewed Herb and featured the original here: You may also view more of Herb’s original works in crayons here: Herb was just awarded the Next Star Artist award ’08, and did the album cover artwork and cd artwork for the new All-American Rejects album, “When The World Comes Down”, to be released December 16th. This signed copy of the print is currently being auctioned by Herb on ebay which you can bid on here:

**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.

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