Harland Snodgrass by John Harvey
Harland Snodgrass · photo: John Harvey

About Harland Snodgrass

1941-2019

For over 50 years Harland Snodgrass made art. He showed art. He taught art. Most never knew.

We present Harland as the multifaceted visual artist he is (not just “the video guy”). He found inspiration in such diverse areas as jazz, the treads of an automobile tire, #1 pencils, The Velvet Underground, neon tubing, banjos, James Rosenquist, funky drummers, Kawasaki motorcycles, geodesic domes, Strohs beer, Andy Warhol or the rows and rows and rows of crops surrounding his farm in upstate New York. An artist of multiple talents and disciplines: filmmaker, painter, printmaker, draftsman, photographer, educator, designer of posters and T-shirts and oh yeah—a video artist—but most importantly a drummer. A shit-hot drummer.

Harland’s paintings drawings and prints were primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, He also made pieces prior to and after these decades. Harland’s work is a both a reflection and a celebration of the art of its (his) era. But never shackled to a single style nor movement. Never dull. Always expressive. It’s an explosion of visual treats. 

Harland drumming early 1960s
Harland Snodgrass in Mendocino Photo: Tom Liden
Harland in Mendocino · Photo: Tom Liden