“People want to buy art of their own generation,”
Wildly successful in our generation, Henrie is described by Patricia Ratliff and others as a Renaissance man. The artist agrees stating many of his collectors and colleagues use this reference as it evokes a quality ever present in his work: the memory of a bygone era.
The paintings? Often framed in composition with a “window” into a scene, semi-abstract landscapes engage the viewer in a contemplative, relaxing fashion. Perhaps this is one reason why therapists often install Henrie’s paintings in their offices. And, of course, another reason so many people purchase these paintings: they enable the viewer to breathe!
The technique? Combined effects of colors, textures, light, layering and subject matter blend to create serenity. The “scene” is not static; viewers continually discover new details when looking yet one more time at a Henrie painting. This signature is the style or technique the artist consciously developed early in his professional career. He wanted to create semi-abstract pieces; his intent was not photo realism or illustration of a scene. Henrie’
True to his Renaissance lifestyle, Henrie is an inveterate traveler, open to absorbing the smallest detail, for example, in a Zen Japanese gardener’s skillful shaping of a tree. Henrie’
Henrie describes his work as construction and deconstruction. The duality of Renaissance:
Henrie has enhanced “plein air” tradition. While reflecting his classical training at Pratt Institute, Henrie’s personal signature in art has been tempered and informed by his travels and experiences. His work is popular among all contemporary groups. His success bespeaks the identification collectors make with his work. To enjoy a Henrie painting is to take a moment from the humdrum, stress, and distraction of daily life today and just breathe deeply in renewal of one’s spirit. Just say, “Ahhh….”
Don’t be confused, though. Henrie’
For further information about the work of Cary Henrie or the upcoming exhibition in Sedona, contact James or Patricia Ratliff, James Ratliff Gallery, www.jamesratliffgallery.com, phone: 928-282-