‘I’m obsessed by the landscape; landscapes move me, their colours inspire me.’ - Belynda Henry, 2019
Highly celebrated artist Belynda Henry has a deep and enduring appreciation for Australia’s unique landscape. Belynda has been painting professionally for more than 25 years, evolving her imagery and exploring new media and techniques with each new series of paintings. Her distinctive visual language masterfully alludes to the forms found in nature through the use of contoured patterns and vibrant colour harmonies. Far more than realist interpretations, her works are potent with feeling, their impression captivating, lyrical and dreamlike.
Waterfalls and Waterholes presents a stunning series of new paintings, inspired by the area surrounding the artist’s home and studio as well as a recent visit to the Daintree Rainforest. In these works Henry has painted in oils onto a notably textured linen, which adds a complexity and depth to the surface of the work. This exhibition also showcases a selection of the expressive gouache on paper works for which she is renowned. Particularly inspired by the work of early Australian painter Ian Fairweather, Henry conveys in these paintings her reverence for the wonders of the natural world through a fresh and ever expanding perspective.
Henry’s ability to work across the diverse media of acrylics, watercolour, gouache and oils with deft technical skill and a sophisticated understanding of design, abstraction and aesthetic harmony, is testament to her respect and understanding of her chosen media and the vistas that so inspire her. Like the lush environments they portray, her paintings arouse in the viewer the breathtaking brilliance of what it is to connect with the world around us.