‘THE POWER OF ABSTRACTION’
Randell Henry earned the B.A. in Fine Arts from Southern University and the MFA in Painting and Drawing from L.S.U. Henry is Associate Professor and Curator of the Southern University Visual Arts Gallery at Southern . He has curated exhibitions of art by local, national and international artists, including exhibitions that featured works by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Lois Mailou Jones, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Willie Birch, William Tolliver and other major names in African American art.
Henry began making collages in 1980 by cutting and tearing his drawings and putting the pieces together in inventive ways. Like Romare Bearden, he began to add photographic pieces and bits and pieces of fabric and painted papers to make collages that played on themes related to family life, couples, Blues and Jazz Music and mythological subjects. No longer using photographic images, Henry relies on paint, graphic media and his own painted papers, fabric and imagination to make his collages more invented. Like Bearden, he enjoys improvising as images and forms develop while watching the collage open up as he works.
His works have been shown in exhibitions in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, Dallas, Art Copenhagen in Denmark, London, Ghana and Liberia. In May 2015 a large painting by Henry was included in the exhibition, “60 Americans” at Elga Wilmmer Gallery on West 26 Street in New York City where lead New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith chose it as her favorite work in the show. Henry has upcoming one-man shows in Los Angeles and New York City.
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