Dog & Horse Fine Art is proud to announce its 15th Anniversary Exhibition with its original artist, ROGER HENRY, who was the first to join the gallery stable and an inspiration for the owner, Jaynie Spector, because of his outstanding talent and originality. ROGER HENRY one of the world’s most popular and talented artists will have his first one-man show October 7-29, 2016. The artist’s reception will be on Friday, October 7th from 5-8 PM.
Fifteen years ago, Dog & Horse Fine Art had its inaugural exhibition which included Roger Henry. Henry was the inspiration for a gallery which represented exceptionally talented living artists. Henry currently lives in Los Angeles and has proven to be a brilliant artist who now travels all around the world for his clients. Dog & Horse Fine Art has grown as well, representing international artists and sources as well as clientele.
As a serious fine artist, Henry likes to take as much time as possible getting to know his subjects and explore the settings and effect of light throughout the day. Thus it is not surprising that his clientele includes luminaries in Los Angeles and collectors in Europe, South America, Australia and Hong Kong.
Henry’s paintings amaze with his realistic and vibrant handling of his subjects. His animals and humans as well as elements have an intense quality. Hair, leaves and fabric come to life with his brush strokes and his use of color and illumination. His earlier works were influenced by the Ashcan School; he often tells a story with his paintings. In an early work, sitting on his master’s bed a dog is sad that his owner has packed a suitcase, in another canine family portrait an alpha and omega dog are sitting one on top of the other, very content with their arrangement. One of his original clients, Paige Powell, a curator for Andy Warhol and editor for Interview Magazine, commissioned Henry to paint her dog, Sherlock, in bed reading Trollope. More recently Henry did a series of paintings of Dina, an Australian Kelpie mix, standing in the desert documenting the passing hours with her shadow on the sand.
Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, Henry attended the University of Kansas on an art scholarship. He received an honors award in Art History, a special mention at the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado, in 1986 and a scholarship to study abroad in France in 1987. He graduated in 1988. Henry began his career on the West Coast as an Art Director for Film and TV. His fascination with people and his love for dogs led him to begin his journey into portraiture in 1992. Henry finds the boundaries of art to be “as limitless as the colors in a Kansas sunset.”