James Herbert was born in February 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and in Athens. Now professor emeritus, he began teaching in 1962 at the University of Georgia in Athens, where he made music videos with the bands R.E.M. and the B-52’s. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta mounted a retrospective of Herbert’s paintings in 1979, and his work has been exhibited in many major exhibitions, including two Whitney Biennials. Herbert’s work is also represented in numerous collections, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Centre Pompidou in France, as well as in the private collections of filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Martin Scorsese. He has won two Guggenheim awards, one for film and one for painting, and his acrylic painting Passing the Baby is part of Georgia’s State Art Collection.