J.Henry is an insolent child working as a painter and illustrator in New York.
With an emphasis on dualities, Henry focuses on themes of life and death, beauty and the grotesque, good and evil and other competing motifs ultimately creating harmoniously balanced compositions. Each scene represents micro events and details, executed with precision and potency, highlighting personal challenges and triumphs. Although small in scale and lush in detail, the impact of these stories and their subsequent lessons transcends the minutiae and commands universal reach. Upon closer inspection, one may discover each composition represents a window into miniature worlds full of botanical detail, relief architecture, sculpted forms of the grotesque and faux marble textures. Henry’s technique and narratives are historical and traditional – she finds inspiration from significant works of art, European architecture, theatre and set design, fairytales and epic sagas of the past. It is through her use of academic painting and themes revisited that she refreshes these timeless tales into contemporary contexts while challenging old ideals and ultimately providing a modern lens revisiting these universal motifs and tenets.
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