Greg Henry is a sculpture and painter whose work has been shown across the country. Much of Henry’s works informed by memory and fables of his upbringing in Guyana. Henry transfigures animals and landscapes into icons that converse with spirituality and speak to the entangled relationship between the self and the universe.
“As an artist, I have always been interested in life and death in the workings of the environment and its support of those things that are tangible and those that aren’t. In trying to depict such phenomena, I started using simple everyday objects from my Guyanese culture that surrounded me during my youth — pots, pans, chickens and other animal forms. I use these objects as icons that tell the story of the culture and it’s workings as it relates to the composition of the environment and the life cycle. My interests have expanded to include general icons and fables from Guyanese, African and other South American cultures. In trying to depict different aspects of life, objects are juxtaposed to tell a specific tale or parable.” - Greg Henry
Henry earned his undergraduate degree in fine arts at Ohio University and his master’s at the Reinhart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Henry's work is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Harriet Tubman Museum in Atlanta, Ronald Reagan International Airport, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artscape in Baltimore, the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, Capital One Corporation, and Phillip Morris corporate headquarters. He is currently teaching at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where he teaches sculpture, ceramics, drawing and other visual arts.
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