Jean-Pierre Hébert *1939

Jean-Pierre Hébert is a founder member of the Algorists, a group of computer artists who had been working independently for many years, and then formed a loose association after meeting at SIGGRAPH '95. Hébert's work demonstrates that the computer genuinely creates new visual possibilities and aesthetic enquiries, while at the same time this is an exploration driven entirely by artistic considerations.

Although the bulk of Hébert's pieces are created, as with many early innovators, using a plotter, he is remarkable for the range of other media that he has experimented with. Possibly the most innovative and unusual digital art works to be found are his 'sand pieces' where a steel ball is driven under algorithmic control through sand, reminiscent of Zen gardens.