According to Henrie, "My paintings are layered oil and acrylic with gesso. They are varnished and glazed on stretched canvas. I truly enjoy trying to create a new look in painting. I enjoyed living and working in New York and studying in detail the work of such Abstract Expressionists as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still. Also, I traveled throughout the world visiting such places as Bali, Egypt, Israel and Europe. I loved the warm and broken patinas that I saw in the art and architecture. I saw similarities to my native West, particularly weather-beaten landscapes, sandstone textures, patina of rusted metal, contrasted with vast soft sunsets and auras of changing skies. To me, this is the essence of the West. I paint natural elements and atmosphere …… Geometric lines contrast soft forms and focus movement and light.”
Of recent interest to the viewer is Henrie's introduction of authentically-harvested butterflies from South America and Southeast Asia then mounted within birchwood sculptures. Henre's iconic imagery has now become infused with the ephemeral butterfly, symbolizing metamorphosis, transformation and perpetuity. Henrie's art provides eco-awareness and education, sustainability for the rainforest and its butterfly population as well as income for the rainforest gathering peoples.
Of his most recent work Henrie states: "Nature brings peace to one's soul. In "Arcs and Organics", I bring nature right into the collector's home. They easily complement the core of my iconic images and symbols." The latest Henrie creations are dimensional curved wood, marked with Henrie’s unique imagery in paint and incising. His use of natural items within his work, such as reeds, cactus, dried flowers, etc. gives yet another aspect to the work. Henrie now invites the viewer to pass through the newest portal of his work, one that promises a Henrie experience of calm and serenity.
From the rainforest to the gallery, Cary Henrie is constantly “pushing the envelope” bringing peace, joy and beauty to his viewers’ lives while personally evolving artistically. For further information about the work of Cary Henrie or the upcoming exhibition in Sedona contact James Ratliff Gallery.
Arc Kanji by Cary Henrie