Harold Feist was born San Angeloin 1945, Texas and was a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.
Feist received a B.F.A. (Honours), from University of Illinois (Champaign) in 1967 and an M.F.A. (Hoffberger Fellow) from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, ML in 1969. He was mentored and championed by the influential New York art critic Clement Greenberg and painter Jules Olitski.
Feist eventually came to Canada to teach at the Alberta College of Art (now the Alberta University of the Arts) from 1968-74. He later taught at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB and at the University of Guelph.
Beginning in the 1960s and continuing well into the 21st century, Feist was featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in the United States. He was an active and vibrant abstract artist, who was known for his large Colour Field paintings in acrylic and latex. His work can be found in public and private collections across and the United States and Canada including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) and Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) as well as Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Harold Feist was a father to four children, including singer/songwriter Leslie Feist, who uses her surname Feist as her stage name.
Image and bio credit: Alberta Foundation for the Arts