Robert Henry, one of the nation’s most original artists, will show “Solo Moments” at one of New England’s most renowned art spaces, the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. (Walker could open a museum, so many notable American artists are in her archived collections.)
Henry is an American extension of the late 19th and early 20th century European painters like Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele and Emil Nolde — a figural/figurative expressionist whose canvases swing with massive color and motion.
His Hans Hofmann influenced push-me-pull-you style (he studied with the master) brings us to extremes of emotion — from joy to occasional terror. No matter how Henry’s subject matter or technique changes, what is consistent is the force of painting, the visceral reactions the works invoke; they are participatory. That force, Henry said, happens as a result of the process of drawing and painting, and through color.