Julie Henry is a multi media artist who creates abstract paintings and assemblage constructions using the strategies of layering, fragmentation and reduction.
In her work, she blurs the relationships between architecture, landscape and the body.
In her desire for a timeless expression , she constantly mines the seam between what is primitive and what is modern.
Henry’s mother was a design student at RIT in the 1960's and her grandfather was a typewriter engineer for Smith Corona. She credits them both for her love of design.
She also credits Thornton Dial as the artist who most influenced her to start painting. The honesty and bravery in his work woke her up to the power of art.
Born in New York state in 1968, Henry’s family moved to the south when she was very young. Today she lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia where she has a devoted studio practice focusing on painting, textile collage and assemblage sculpture.
My current body of work seeks to answer the question: how do I create feeling with simple shape, texture and color ? Everything in my studio practice right now is growing directly out of that question.
This work is unapologetically flawed, warm and tactile. The collages are meant to be a study of the relationship between restraint and the compulsion to fill space. They are also meant to remind us of our humanity.
Utilizing old, deconstructed textiles and leaving hints of under painting, I am inviting the viewer to fall in love with imperfection.
The paintings have an honest, bold formality. The visual language is intentionally pared down and matched with a subdued palette. They are pensive rather than conceptual.
2020 Joy and Gravity , The Project House, Curve Studios, Asheville NC
2019 Joy and Gravity, EYP Gallery 100, Atlanta GA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 New American Paintings South #148
2019 The Object Show, EBD4 Gallery, Atlanta GA
2019 Art Buckhead Annual Juried Exhibition , Atlanta GA
2019 Axis Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Sacramento CA
2019 LA Artcore Annual Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles CA
2019 The Art of Nature, Blue Heron Nature Preserve Atlanta GA
2019 Loss, Redemption, Grace , EBD4 Studio Gallery Atlanta GA
2019 Callanwolde Fine Arts Annual Juried Show, Atlanta GA
2019 Abstractly Speaking, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago Il
2019 Saturated, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY