Belynda Henry’s latest exhibition, to paint is to love is a personal and emotive response to the beauty, resilience and the vulnerability of our Australian landscape. Working en plein air around Sydney Harbour and from her studio lodged within the landscape, this exhibition includes Henry’s largest and most unrestrained paintings. The works range from small and intimate to a large 4 metre long triptych.
In this exhibition, Henry continues to experiment with and push her process of mark making as she documents emotive scenes of coastal Sydney landmarks such as Camp Cove, Shark Island and Seven Shillings Beach. Henry skilfully balances free flowing harmonies of colour and composition to create fragmented landscapes that are both vibrant and serene. However, this exhibition also speaks to Henry’s newfound leaning towards abstracted painting – and the keen observer may also note sensual forms emerge.
The show also features the sounds of recorded bird calls from around the artist’s studio as well as a suspended sculptural installation by floral artist Tracey Deep. to paint is to love is a sensory and immersive experience for audiences that provides a glimpse into Belynda Henry’s creative process as an artist embedded within nature of which she has a deep reverence for.
“As New York art critic Nixon Marters said, ‘An abstracted landscape is a metaphor for the artist’s emotional landscape, not the physical one’. I must admit there is a lot of truth to that for me for now, particularly with this series of works, the exhibition and the subsequent book To Paint Is To Love – these are my most revealing paintings to date.”
– Belynda Henry, 2020