H.M. SAFFER II
Born July 18, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, H.M. Saffer II launched his career by exhibiting his art at a public art show at the tender age of six.
graduation from Temple University in 1965, he traveled to Paris, France
to enroll in graduate economics courses. Concurrently, HM's path took a
different twist, as he soon leveraged his musical talent performing
with notable French stars Hugus Aufray, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour,
and many others. He was later hired by Barclay Records as a producer,
and had several hit records in 1968 and 1969. During this period, he
was also the chef / owner of two restaurants in Paris, and later a
third located in Ibiza, Spain.
Remarkably, as engaged as he
was, HM never stopped painting and exhibiting his works. Several of his
shows - sponsored by his restaurants and music associates - "sold out"
and were favorably written up by the press. Before returning to the
United States in 1970, he completed selected studies at L'Ecole Des
Beaux Arts and exhibited in Paris and Brussels, Belgium.
continued on with his music career in the United States at Warner
Brothers Productions where he co-wrote the international hit song,
"Look What They Done To My Song, Ma", recorded by Ray Charles, Melanie
and other performers. While at Warner he painted a forty foot mural in
their Madison Ave., NY headquarters and exhibited his works in the
firm's lobby. In 1972 HM was hired by the dynamic songwriter/producer
Bob Crewe as Senior Vice President for the Crewe Group of companies
where he worked with the industry's top names including Frankie Valli
and the Four Seasons, Vicki Carr, and Oliver. Later that year, he
established HMS Two Music Ltd. and spent his time writing and producing
music for films, commercials, recordings and Broadway productions. HM's
work in the commercial field is familiar to us all with creations for
Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Ford Motor Company, and Michelob among others.
through this period HM's art continued to refine and yet broaden in its
scope. In 1981 he began to study the art of Japanese brush painting,
Sumi-e. He left for Japan in 1983 to study with Japanese masters, and
there he met his wife, Hisayo. While in Japan, HM adapted his Sumi-e
techniques by applying Western styles of painting.. He was represented
by Galerie Musee and the Artbridge Gallery in Japan, and in Hong Kong
by Alisen Gallery and the Kwai Fung Hin Gallery as a resident artist
enjoying successful solo exhibits.
HM reentered the United
States in 1994 and took residence in Upstate New York. His style of
painting shifted from exclusively works on paper to include oils. He
began melding his Oriental influences with his Western styles in order
to create new and different path towards interpersonal visual
expression, and his current works are a reflection of this mélange.
has instructed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA,
Berkshire Community College, and Columbia-Greene Community College. He
currently has gallery representation both in the United States and