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About

Born in Adelaide, raised in Sydney and living in Brisbane for over a decade, Michelle Henry is an artist and teacher who holds drawing as the foundation of her practice. Henry graduated in 1989 from the newly formed College of Fine Arts (COFA UNSW) with a Bachelor of Art Education.

For many years her focus was on classroom Art teaching in high schools in Sydney and Brisbane. In more recent years, however, Henry has revived her own studio art practice, which she continues to juggle with her teaching commitments. Her first solo exhibition, “Song of Songs”, held at Graydon Gallery in Brisbane’s inner suburbs in 2014, was highly successful with reviews describing Henry as an “immensely talented artist”. This has been followed up with successful solo and joint exhibitions each year since.

Now living in Balmain in Sydney’s Inner West, Henry continues to explore themes of love, lust and longing as intrinsic to the human condition, most often painting the flower as sexual metaphor, a tradition that has been expressed through all art forms and across cultures for millennia. Her interest in the language of love has seen her scour diverse literary sources from the bible, ancient Greek and Indian poetry and Shakespeare, to Denis Diderot’s love letters to his mistress for the evocative titles, which accompany her work. For Henry, an artist who considers herself more than simply a flower painter, the strength of her practice lies in this combination of image and title.

Her work is in collections in Australia and internationally has been shortlisted for national competitions across Australia, including the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, The Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Awards and The Mosman Art Prize, among others.

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Education

1986 – 1989 City Art Institute (COFA - UNSW), Sydney, NSW
Bachelor of Art Education

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 After the Poetry, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain, Sydney, NSW
2016 Thorn Window Box, (Pop-up Gallery) North Sydney, NSW
2015 Vipralambha - Love in separation, Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2014 Song of Songs, Graydon Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane, QLD

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Cycles Joint exhibition with Rod Grant, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain, Sydney, NSW
Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Prize Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2017 Winter Group Show Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Anonymos, Mosman, Sydney NSW
Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Prize Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2016 Winter Group Show Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Belle Arti Art Prize Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Prize Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Summer Daze Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2015 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Anonymos, If U Like ART studios, Sydney, NSW
Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, QLD
Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Prize Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2013 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize South Australia Museum, Adelaide, SA
Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Prize Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Milburn Art Prize Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane, QLD
2012 Wilson Visual Art Awards Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, NSW
Brookfield Show Art Competition, Brookfield, QLD (Second Prize, Still Life section)
2001 Liverpool City Arts Festival, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, NSW (Highly Commended)
1985 ArtExpress, NSW
National Art Awards (NSW Finalist) CBA, Martin Plaza, Sydney NSW
1983 National Art Awards (NSW Finalist) CBA, Martin Plaza, Sydney NSW

Press

2017 Art Edit Magazine Issue #14 Winter 2017 Page 66 Showcase
2016 Art Edit Magazine Issue #9 Autumn 2016. Inside front cover feature.
2014 Concrete Playground, Brisbane (online publication) April 2014 Exhibition review "Michelle Henry: Songs of Songs Love, lust, passion and plants make for an interesting combo." Elizabeth Penrose,
Art Almanac April 2014 Issue. Editorial preview of Song of Songs exhibition, p54

Influences

Georgia O'Keeffe, Carravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Christine Johnstone, Ian Grant, Tim Maguire, Dean Home