Julie Nellenback Henry/ contemporary multi media artist wtih a focus on painting
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.
I was greatly influenced to start making art after seeing a large scale work by the late Mr. Thorton Dial. This dimensional painting depicted a red tiger with old carpet applied to the surface creating a fur texture. The unrestrained urgency in the work as well as Mr. Dial's use of recycled material for art made a huge impression on me. My experience with that particular painting marked a defining moment in my early adult life. It was the moment that I fully realized the power of art. I started making art and I never stopped.
Reagrding my work today:
I do not have a signature style. I am not a brand. I strongly believe that as an artist it is my responsibility to deepen the mystery and to maintain a nonconformist stance no matter the consequence.
For me, making art is an exercise in trusting myself. My goal is to be as unrestrained as possible in the work.
Recent notes from my sketchbook -
What is it that compels me to keep painting and to continue making marks?
Am I trying to organize something? Explain something? Find something?
( like a complex calculation or treasure hunt or how the earth looks from the highest mountain )
Am I trying to remember something ?