Jean-Pierre Hébert

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Jean-Pierre Hébert is an independent artist of algorithmic art, drawings, and mixed media. He co-founded the Algorists in 1995 with Roman Verostko.

Hébert lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. He is a pioneer in the field of computer art from the mid-1970s on, merging traditional art media and techniques, personal software, plotters, and custom built devices to create an original body of work. He was the recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation and David Bermant Foundation awards. In 2012, he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.[1]

Hébert produces works on paper, including ink and pencil drawings, paintings, etchings and dry points from polymer and copper plates, and recently digital prints. He also creates sand, water and sound installations, algorithmic visual music, works for wall displays, physics based algorithmic pieces, and many more things. His work has been exhibited extensively and has been frequently juried in the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery. It is present in several museums and institutional collections, including the digital art collections of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Northwestern University, Chicago) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London.)

Since 2003, he has been an artist in residence at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he has organized several Algorists group shows.[citation needed] These shows have included Hans Dehlinger, Channa Horwitz, Roman Verostko (in 2006), Jean-François Colonna, Helaman Ferguson, Casey Reas (in 2008), and David Em, Paul Hertz, Robert Lang (in 2009) (in 2011).[citation needed]



  • Lieser, Wolf (2009). Digital Art: H. F. Ullmann Germany. ISBN 978-3-8331-5338-9.
  • Faure-Walker, James (2006). Painting the Digital River: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-173902-6.
  • Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2008). Drawing With the Mind, Catalog. ISBN 1-880658-28-3.
  • Spalter, Anne Morgan (1999). The Computer in the Visual Arts: Addison Wesley. ISBN 0-201-38600-3.
  • Varichon, Anne & Rocella, Carlo (2006). Etre Sable: Editions du Seuil. ISBN 2-02-084334-X.
  • Wands, Bruce (2006). Art of the Digital Age, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-23817-0.

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