Julie Nellenback Henry/ contemporary multi media artist
Julie Henry is a contemporary 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 both aesthetically and emotionally, 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 and helped set the standard by which she judges her own work today.
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, printmaking and assemblage sculpture. Although primarily self educated, Henry did benefit from a year of study under the tutelage of a seasoned painter.
Recent group exhibitions include: “New South III“ Kai Lin Gallery Atlanta (2018); “Georgia Artists Juried Exhibition“ Abernathy Arts Center Atlanta (2018); “Callanwolde Annual Juried Art Exhibition“ Atlanta (2018 and 2015); “40 over 40” Gallery EBD4 Atlanta (2017); “Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition Annual Juried Show“ Dalton Gallery Agnes Scott Decatur, Ga. (2017 and 2015); “Our Nature” Women’s Caucus of Art at Perimeter College Gallery Atlanta (2017); “Annual Postcard Show “AIR Gallery Brooklyn NY (2017/2016/2015); “Annual Pin Up Show” MOCAGA Atlanta (2018 and 2017); “46/21 Art + Activism Show” Mammal Gallery Atlanta (2016)
Collections: The City of Decatur, Ga., Architect Merrill Elam
Current Influences: Joan Mitchell, Jorge Queiroz, Leonardo Drew, Charline Von Heyl, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth, Lee Bontecou, Conrad Marca-Relli, Alberto Burri, James Baldwin, Tomas Transtromer and Robert Rauschenberg.