About John Henry
John is known worldwide for his large-scale public works of art, which grace numerous museums, corporate, public and private collections. His works are prominently exhibited in many American cities, as well as throughout Europe and Asia. He has shown his work extensively since the early 1960s, and exhibits a definitive trademark style that is recognized internationally. His works range in scale from small tabletop pieces to some of the largest contemporary metal sculpture in the world.
John Henry is the Curator of recent international exhibitions including “Engineered Art – An International Exhibition at Georgia Tech University” “Sculptures in Charlevoix”, Quebec, Canada and “Sculpture Fields at Montague Park”, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
As the aptness of the phrase "drawing in space" suggests, the aesthetic of assembled sculpture is essentially pictorial. It involves illusions, typically, of lightness and stopped motion. John Henry's welded-steel Illinois Landscape No. 5 provides an extreme example: the color and disposition of its huge components deny the literal weight of all that material and produce an impression of flying and tumbling. Like paintings, such pieces work best from certain optimum distances and angles of viewing, and the outdoor siting of them is a problem, above all, of "framing". Framed on its knoll against a brilliant blue sky on a windy day, as was the case when I saw it, Illinois Landscape #5 is nothing short of spectacular. --Excerpted from the catalogue for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, written by Peter Schjeldahl For many years John Henry's large-scale public works have had a distinctive and seemingly similar appearance. His signature pieces are disbursed throughout the world in public, private and museum collections. Most recently his work has become less uniform in regard to color and shape allowing for a more varied and flexible approach to specific sites. He is presently building a series of works which are suspended from above as well as pieces which are both large in scale and extend out from the surface. There has also been significant change in his large scale free standing works which continue to push the envelope of engineering. The use of automotive finishes as well as traditional gold and palladium gilding has also contributed to an expanded vocabulary within Henry's formal approach to sculpture. John Henry's sculpture is designed, engineered, fabricated and erected by his own organization. He has a long track record extending more than 30 years of successful projects with local, state and federal governments. He is particularly sensitive to issues of appropriateness when working in the public arena. His experience in building works which interact with architecture and the environment is well documented.