J. H. Freedman was born in Albany and raised in the outskirts of Troy. As a child, he was interested in the comedic graphic art found in newspaper strips and MAD magazine, but his style was fully realized upon an independent study of alternative comix(sic) and manga in college- specifically through the works of Peter Kuper, Art Spiegelman, Junji Ito, and a handful of others. He studied at SUNY Alfred in western New York, where he trained in a wide variety of mediums.
The highlight of his art lies in implicit symbolism and accessibility. Deliberation can be seen in everything from the figures to the marks to the medium. His cross-hatching & halftone dots, in particular, are the most distinct features he uses to complement each other through contrasting qualities- movement against stillness, loose lines against utilitarian shapes, etc. But even without the symbolism of his mark in mind, the style can still be appreciated through atmospheric grit alone. This critical yet accessible approach to his art encourages a wide variety of interpretations among a diverse audience.