Harry Borgman’s long career in advertising started at the age of 16 when Ford Motor Company discovered him through his high school teacher. Initially hired as an illustrator for their advertisement series of “Little Red Truck” Mr. Borgman quickly acquired the skills, at an early age to become an accomplished “Ad Man”.He went on to master multiple mediums including painting, computer-generated graphics, and sculpture. His career path later turned to book illustration and culminated when he became a professor at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His art led him from Detroit to New York and Paris and he still works now from his home studio in Sawyer, Michigan. His long career and experience in the visual arts has created a unique style that is reminiscent of the mid century art movement.
Borgman loved to experiment with new techniques, such as creating sketches on the computer for the basis of his abstract figures. Harry’s expertise in composition and proportion of the shapes in his artwork is well apparent to the trained eye. His use of rich, yet natural hues is shown in all of his mediums and it can be seen especially in his use of polished wood in his sculpture pieces. Cubist abstract shapes make his nude paintings intriguing and thoughtfully approachable.