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National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
As the aptness of the phrase "drawing in space" suggests, the aesthetic of assembled sculpture is essentially pictorial. It involves illusions, typically, of lightness and stopped motion. John Henry's welded-steel Illinois Landscape No. 5 provides an extreme example: the color and disposition of its huge components deny the literal weight of all that material and produce an impression of flying and tumbling. Like paintings, such pieces work best from certain optimum distances and angles of viewing, and the outdoor siting of them is a problem, above all, of "framing". Framed on its knoll against a brilliant blue sky on a windy day, as was the case when I saw it, Illinois Landscape #5 is nothing short of spectacular. --Excerpted from the catalogue for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, written by Peter Schjeldahl
For many years John Henry's large-scale public works have had a distinctive and seemingly similar appearance. His signature pieces are disbursed throughout the world in public, private and museum collections.
Most recently his work has become less uniform in regard to color and shape allowing for a more varied and flexible approach to specific sites. He is presently building a series of works which are suspended from above as well as pieces which are both large in scale and extend out from the surface. There has also been significant change in his large scale free standing works which continue to push the envelope of engineering.
The use of automotive finishes as well as traditional gold and palladium gilding has also contributed to an expanded vocabulary within Henry's formal approach to sculpture. John Henry's sculpture is designed, engineered, fabricated and erected by his own organization. He has a long track record extending more than 30 years of successful projects with local, state and federal governments.
He is particularly sensitive to issues of appropriateness when working in the public arena. His experience in building works which interact with architecture and the environment is well documented. The selection of materials and finish in Henry's sculpture is governed by the individual project requirements which assure structural integrity and minimum maintenance. Numerous site visits and interaction with community citizenry is an integral element in his conceptual development of the design process.
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Galleries currently representing John R. Henry:
Gary Nader Fine Art
Gary Nader- Owner/Director
Conrad- Director of Operations
62 N.E. 27th Street
Miami, FL 33137
Angus Broadbent- Owner/Director
Lacey West- Director of Operations
25 Chepstow Corner
London W2 4XE UK V
+44 (0)20 7229 8811
Thomas McCormick- Owner/Director
835 West Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Seo Hwa Gallery
You Jung Lee- Owner/Director
BI 63-12 Chungdam-Dong,
KangNam-Gu Kang Nam-Gu Seoul, 135-953
Length of time represented: fourteen years
Galerie Scheffel GmbH
Christian K. Scheffel- Owner/Director
Ferdinandstraße 19 61348
Bad Homburg v.d.Höhe Deutschland
T 49 (0)6172 28906
F 49 (0)6172 28968
Length of time represented: six years
ANN TOWER GALLERY
Ann Tower- Owner/Director
141 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Length of time represented: four years
TANNER HILL GALLERY
Angela Usrey- Owner/Director
Southern Saddlery Building ,
3069 South Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408
Eleanor Flomenhaft- Owner/Director
547 West 27th ,
New York City, NY 10001
ALLYN GALLUP CONTEMPORARY ART
Allyn Gallup- Owner/Director
1288 North Palm Avenue,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Please visit http://johnhenrysculptor.com/ for full information regarding John Henry and his work including a full biography and resume.