Jean-Pierre Hébert is considered a pioneer in the field of digital art from the mid-1970s on. He has developed his personal computer code into a powerful tool that drives plotters and custom-built devices, pushing the artistic and technical boundaries and creating an original, extensive body of work. Long before modern computer displays allowed one to pre-visualize an idea, Jean-Pierre was imagining and creating amazingly complex pieces, existing only in his mind—and in his code. The only device available to give a visual reality to his abstract, conceptual ideas was a pen plotter, which draws—or plots—slowly on paper as the ink flows from a computer-driven pen. Technology has since evolved, and this has enabled Jean-Pierre’s creativity to embrace printmaking, installations, large digital displays, and artist’s books. The initial obsession with precise line constructions has opened up to chance, motion, light, sound, and text.
The aim of his work remains an expression of quiet beauty and peaceful meditation.
Hébert received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the Siggraph Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. He co-founded the Algorists in 1995 with Roman Verostko. Hébert’s work has been exhibited extensively, including recently in Quantum Metaphors at UCLA ArtSci Center, Los Angeles; Technovisual: Art in the Age of Code at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington,D.C.; Luminous Flux 2.0 at the Thoma Art Foundation, Santa Fe; All-go-rhythms at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago. His work is also in several museum and institutional collections including the Getty Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and in the digital art collections of the Block Museum, Chicago, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.