Julie Nellenback Henry/ contemporary multi media artist wtih a focus on painting

Email: artistnell(at)gmail(dot)com

Currently working on: oil paintings,  mixed media collage paintings on paper, leather wall hangings, assemblage sculpture and constructions

Other artistic pursuits: printmaking, letterpress, leather jewelry

Earliest influences: Thornton Dial,  Jean Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, Francesco Clemente

Current Influences:  Joan Mitchell, Jorge Queiroz, Leonardo Drew, Charline Von Heyl, Amy Sillman, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Conrad Marca-Relli, James Baldwin, Tomas Transtromer and Robert Rauschenberg. 

A Few Words: 

For me, what is central and most significant about my work is that I do it because I must. 

Specifically, I can tell you that the joy is in the process and in the tactile quality of the materials. I want the viewer to see the evidence of my process. I don't like anything that is too slick. 

Aesthetically, culturally and emotionally I am almost always mining the seam between what is modern and what is primitive. Poetry and music constantly inform my work and you can find traces of both in the titles. 

I credit  Thornton Dial as the artist who most influenced me to start painting. The honesty, bravery and humanity in his work woke me up to the power of art and set the standard by which I judge my own work today.