I have a background in art and science and currently am a full-time artist. I have been drawing since I was young and have exhibited my art in 13 solo shows and many national art prize exhibitions and selected group shows.
In 2016 I relocated my studio from Sydney to Port Macquarie, a coastal town on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia. The paintings and drawings I create are either based on my dreams or subconscious musings, scribbled down then tweaked into something that might be worth sharing on a larger scale, or more refined abstract works that explore the connections between man and the natural environment. Check out my website (www.berichenderson.com) for more information. I paint my own ideas and aim to produce significant and meaningful bodies of work that inspire others as well as myself.
1998-1999. Southern Sydney technical college (St. George TAFE).
1983. Art history and criticism by course work, "Issues and images in 20th century art", UNSW
2017. “Cosmographica” Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie
2015. “Cosmographica” Carlton Project Space, Chippendale
2015. “What Dreams May Come” Gallery Mercure, Potts Point
2013. "The Edge of Reality" Gallery Mercure, Potts Point
2012. "The Edge of Reality" at Sydney Art Expo, Hordern Pavillion
2012. “The Curiosity Cabinet” Wedge Gallery Books Kinokuniya Sydney
2010. "Everlasting Dream" Wedge Gallery, Books Kinokuniya Sydney
2010. "Dangerous Dreams" Hurstville Museum, Sydney
2009. “Sideshow” at Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
2009. "Worlds of Wonder" Hurstville Museum Gallery, Sydney
2006. "Searching for Enlightenment" Wallspace Gallery, Sydney
2005. "Pulp Surrealism" at St. George Regional Museum, Sydney
2003. “Twilights and Nocturnes” at Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney
Art Prize finalist exhibitions (selection process)
2017. Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize (online finalist), Brisbane
2016. Mandorla Religious Art Prize (Linton&Kay Gallery), Perth WA
2015 . Chapel on Station Religious Art Prize, Melbourne
2015. New World Art Prize, Chippendale Sydney
2014. KAAF Art prize, Sydney
2014. Chapel on Station Religious Art Prize, Melbourne.
2014. New World Art Prize, Chippendale Sydney
2014. Port Macquarie Art Prize (Winner)
2013. Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2013. Chapel on Station Religious Art Prize, Melbourne.
2013. Waverly Art Prize, Bondi, Sydney.
2013. Cliftons Art Prize, Sydney
2012. St George Art Prize, Hurstville Museum, Sydney
2012. Westmead Hospital art prize, Sydney
2012. Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, PLC Croydon, Sydney
2011. Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, PLC Croydon, Sydney
2011. Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize, Brisbane
2011. Prometheus Art Prize, Gold Coast.
2010. St George Art Prize, Hurstville Museum, Sydney
2010. Waverly Art Prize, Bondi, Sydney.
2009. Prometheus Art Prize, Gold Coast.
2009. Waverly Art Prize, Bondi, Sydney.
2008. Waverly Art Prize (painting and drawing categories), Bondi, Sydney.
2007. Willoughby Art Prize (drawing), Chatswood, Sydney.
2007. Prometheus Art Prize (painting), Gold Coast.
2007 . Waverly Art Prize (drawing), Bondi, Sydney.
2002 . "Southern exposure II" at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney.
Recent Group shows (by invitation)
2017. “Untitled” group show at Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral Bay, Sydney
2016. St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth
2016. BEAMS art festival, Chippendale, Sydney
2016 . “Northern Exposure 4” Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie
2015 . BEAMS art festival, Chippendale, Sydney
2014. “Northern Exposure 3” Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
2011. “ Together in Harmony” KWASS show, Noori and Arum Galleries, South Korea
2011. Curated Group Exhibition, BOM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2017. Focus Magazine (Port Macquarie), Feb issue, p88
2017. Art Guide Australia, Feb issue
2015. Art Edit magazine one page feature
2015. The Leader , 18th June, “Dots are spot-on for solo painter” (p36)
2015. The Bankstown Torch (June 3rd, p26), “Dream brought to life for all to view”
2015. Sydney Weekend Notes (online mag, 19 Sept) BEAMS (by Irenke Forsythe)
2014. The Leader , July 24th, "Fair go for koalas" (p33)
2012. Catapult magazine issue 9
2010. Carpaccio magazine issue 21 (Spanish art journal)
2010. Two Thousand (21st July), "Everlasting Dream" (by Cleo Braithwaite).
2010. Artist Palette Magazine issue 83
2010 . The Bankstown Torch newspaper, Feb. 4th, "Paintings captivate"
2010. Dangerous Dreams Catalogue, by Hurstville City Museum and Gallery.
2010. The Leader, Feb 9th, "Dreams come to life"
2010. Two Thousand (2 Feb) "Dangerous Dreams" (text Joseph Porpiglia).
2009. PushPause Art collective, "Shadows, cinema and the art of noir"
2009 . Art Collector Magazine, full page ad 2009
2009. Dragonfiles Magazine (St. George Regional Museum)
2008. Direct Art Magazine (Vol. 15) (p.49)
2007. Artist Palette Magazine, Feb. issue 48.
2007. Holograph Magazine #4. (www.holographmagazine.com ).
2006. Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Sept 9, p94.) “Beric Henderson: Searching for enlightenment”
2005. The Bankstown Torch, Oct. 26th "Surreal statements emerge from the night".
2005. The Leader, Oct. 20th, "Haunted by the surreal and ironic"
2005. Australian Artist Magazine, #256. "Pulp surrealism at Hurstville Regional Museum".
I have been influenced by other artists including Hopper, Giacometti, Pollock and Seurat. I have also been influenced by film directors such as Hitchcock and writers like Kafka. The classical and mysterious elements that only slowly become revealed after further scrutiny has been very influential on my thinking and my view of the world, and is something I strive for in all my works, whether figurative painting or abstract works.