Henry Manning is a visual artist who interprets the world around him in abstract terms. He creates attention demanding graphic images; abstract landscapes and seascapes, as well as mindscapes with little or no reference to the external world.
For many years Henry lived on the beautiful Oregon Coast, where the ocean and natural surroundings have been the inspiration for much of his work. Recently Henry relocated to the Sierra foothills in Northern California, where the change in visual environment has brought a new vigor to his art.
Henry's recognizable style is characterized by its simplicity of line, an iconic reference to real world objects, a subtle reworking of viewpoint and perspective, and a calculated focus on the relationship between color fields within the work. Many viewers attribute a calming, meditative quality to Henry's work.
Solo show at Gallery Briseno, Toledo, Oregon
Solo show at Wilsonville Public Library
Paintings displayed at The Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, Oregon
Solo show at Breakers Gallery, Waldport, Oregon
Formal arts training; Bachelor’s Degree with honors
Visual arts educator – Volunteer prison work – painting course; Experimental College course – Sculpting in Stone; HSV Painting Methods DVD (in production)
Numerous community art shows – paintings and sculpture in stone
Graphic Artist – CD cover design, logo design, website graphic design
Digital Artist – website portfolio
Web Architect/Designer – Industrial/Commercial
Multi-instrument jazz musician; numerous performing bands
Music recording studio engineer, Pioneer Square, Seattle
Self-published novelist, poet
Visual Arts Training:
University of Connecticut: Painting, Sculpture, Psychology of Perception
Principal art influences include:
Joseph Albers (color interaction theory); Paul Zelanski (an early professor of mine and himself a student of Josef Albers), and numerous other visual perception theorists.
Post-Impressionist and Modern Masters: Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer, Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothko, Kenneth Noland, Milton Avery, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Jean Arp, Isamu Noguchi, Barbara Hepworth, David Smith, to name a few.