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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Elizabeth B. Henry

Other: Elizabeth Henry 
Dates:  1935, 26 January -
Born:  US, NY, New York City
Active:  US / Africa
Henry has exhibited in galleries across the country since 1981. In her home town she has held several one-woman shows, including a benefit for "The Flying Doctors of East Africa." The Museum of the Southwest has also hosted her work in Midland, Texas. In May of 2001, Henry‘s elephant photograph titled "Big Bad Bull" was featured at a charity event at Sotheby‘s in London, for the benefit of Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton‘s "Save the Elephant Tusk Trust."
Henry is a member of the Society of Animal Artists of New York, The Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club where she won an IBM award, and The Pen and Brush Club. In 2003 she had a solo exhibit of over 30 photographs at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut.
[Courtesy of Verve Fine Arts Gallery - 2006] 
Artist statement: 
"Before my focus through a camera lens became a consuming interest, my artistic life was with hammer, chisel, rasp and stone, trying to meet the challenge of sculpting animals. By osmosis, one‘s eyes and creative intuition begin to be acutely aware of line, shadow, and dimension. These qualities washed onto and into my vision of presenting African wildlife subjects as I began to experiment by assembling more than one image in a given picture. I often think of my photographs as "small worlds," brief stories that took place in front of me, events often seen quickly and with great intensity. I want the viewer to step out from himself for a moment, accept the invitation to visit behind the frame for not everything initially is seen at once in these 'captured events."
"The trees and skies, heat, dust and the animals all say "this is Africa" whether one has been there or not. I attempt to bring forward a mood, form a bit of a timeless dream by using sepia-brown tones, to perhaps jog a memory, of things seen in the beginning in the exploration of a magnificent continent. My images will hopefully underscore the vital importance of preserving Africa‘s species and their environments that are now threatened by exploding populations and a politically unstable world."
[Courtesy of Verve Fine Arts Gallery - 2006]

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