I first met Henry www.henrycurchod.com when he was working at Franks Cafe in Avalon; after serving up a mean latte i went to pay and noticed he was drawing...fast forward two years and me and my hubby were at the opening night of Henry's first solo exhibition at Butchers Hook Gallery www.butchershook.net.au in Paddington deciding which of the few remaining pieces to buy. Did i mention Henry is only 21?

To say Henry has talent is an understatement; when i interviewed Henry and asked him why he became an Artist he laughs and explains that his Grandma was a botanical artist, his uncle a painter; his Mum a Chef; both his parents are Art lovers so he was surrounded by creativity..as a 6 year old he would accompany his Father to parties and would draw people's portraits - he would cheekily charge them $20 a pop; i ask what his medium of choice was (he was 6 after all) charcoal of course!! 

Henry is now in his final year at COFA, he has moved from the self described Utopian suburb of Avalon to Potts Point where he feels more at home, i ask him whether the natural beauty of Avalon and the beaches inspire his Art - his honesty is endearing -"Not really" explaining that the area is saturated with beauty that he doesn't even notice it when he is there. Henry's perception of beauty probably isn't a classic one - at the moment he is doing an artistic study of dead flowers - yes he is a true artist;)

Henry's medium of choice is Oil and gouache; drawing on both the styles of legendary Australian artist Brett Whitely and American Post War artist Richard Diebenkorn his art is refreshing for both its fluidity and colour palette (he even mixes his own pigments from rocks found from as far as Uluru to Whale Beach) but what really stands him apart comes back to my first meeting at Franks - his drawing;)

Henry's last exhibition at Butchers Hook Gallery 'Contours' drew inspiration from the layer work of American Post War abstract expressionist Richard Diebenkorn yet was aerial and fluid like Brett Whitely's landscapes

 

 Henry at his Potts Point studio standing beside one of his figurative nudes

I stupidly suggested that Henry needed to replace his flowers - he quickly informed me that this was his current study on dead flowers...oh..

A figurative nude from the 'Contours exhibition' uses gouauche, charcoal, ink and watercolour

'South of the Bends' which we managed to nab on the opening night of the exhibition,

Its an aerial landscape of the Northern Beaches from Newport

             

Layered oil paintings by Richard Diebenkorn; there is over 30 layers of paint in both Henry's and Diebenkorn's works

 

 

His paper collages are stunning

 

As are his nude drawings this is a recent drawing that was posted on Henry's Instagram..work in progress he has an upcoming exhibition in a few months..a word of advice get there early as his last opening night was a sell out oh and did i mention his work is very affordable (most pieces under $2k) which i don't think will be the case for much longer

 

a floral oil - this study was done before he moved into his dead floral movement

An earlier piece that shows the view from his family home in Claireville..of course i am loving the palm trees - i might need to persuade Henry to move on from dead flowers and onto Palm Trees

 

A snap of his book shelf, Picasso, Matisse and Toulous La Trec..no wonder i love Henry's art so much..with the rare combination of profound talent and commercial nous i have a feeling Henry may be the next big thing to hit the Australian art scene...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first met Henry www.henrycurchod.com when he was working at Franks Cafe in Avalon; after serving up a mean latte i went to pay and noticed he was drawing...fast forward two years and me and my hubby were at the opening night of Henry's first solo exhibition at Butchers Hook Gallery www.butchershook.net.au in Paddington deciding which of the few remaining pieces to buy. Did i mention Henry is only 21?

To say Henry has talent is an understatement; when i interviewed Henry and asked him why he became an Artist he laughs and explains that his Grandma was a botanical artist, his uncle a painter; his Mum a Chef; both his parents are Art lovers so he was surrounded by creativity..as a 6 year old he would accompany his Father to parties and would draw people's portraits - he would cheekily charge them $20 a pop; i ask what his medium of choice was (he was 6 after all) charcoal of course!! 

Henry is now in his final year at COFA, he has moved from the self described Utopian suburb of Avalon to Potts Point where he feels more at home, i ask him whether the natural beauty of Avalon and the beaches inspire his Art - his honesty is endearing -"Not really" explaining that the area is saturated with beauty that he doesn't even notice it when he is there. Henry's perception of beauty probably isn't a classic one - at the moment he is doing an artistic study of dead flowers - yes he is a true artist;)

Henry's medium of choice is Oil and gouache; drawing on both the styles of legendary Australian artist Brett Whitely and American Post War artist Richard Diebenkorn his art is refreshing for both its fluidity and colour palette (he even mixes his own pigments from rocks found from as far as Uluru to Whale Beach) but what really stands him apart comes back to my first meeting at Franks - his drawing;)

Henry's last exhibition at Butchers Hook Gallery 'Contours' drew inspiration from the layer work of American Post War abstract expressionist Richard Diebenkorn yet was aerial and fluid like Brett Whitely's landscapes

 

 Henry at his Potts Point studio standing beside one of his figurative nudes

I stupidly suggested that Henry needed to replace his flowers - he quickly informed me that this was his current study on dead flowers...oh..

A figurative nude from the 'Contours exhibition' uses gouauche, charcoal, ink and watercolour

'South of the Bends' which we managed to nab on the opening night of the exhibition,

Its an aerial landscape of the Northern Beaches from Newport

             

Layered oil paintings by Richard Diebenkorn; there is over 30 layers of paint in both Henry's and Diebenkorn's works

 

 

His paper collages are stunning

 

As are his nude drawings this is a recent drawing that was posted on Henry's Instagram..work in progress he has an upcoming exhibition in a few months..a word of advice get there early as his last opening night was a sell out oh and did i mention his work is very affordable (most pieces under $2k) which i don't think will be the case for much longer

 

a floral oil - this study was done before he moved into his dead floral movement

An earlier piece that shows the view from his family home in Claireville..of course i am loving the palm trees - i might need to persuade Henry to move on from dead flowers and onto Palm Trees

 

A snap of his book shelf, Picasso, Matisse and Toulous La Trec..no wonder i love Henry's art so much..with the rare combination of profound talent and commercial nous i have a feeling Henry may be the next big thing to hit the Australian art scene...