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Mary Henderson, 2022

Artist: Mary Henderson
Medium: oil on linen
Dimensions: 20 x 20 in / 50.8 x 50.8 cm


Mary Henderson was born in Philadelphia where she currently lives. Inspired by traditions of urban genre street painting, Henderson creates impromptu portraits of people in public spaces, seen in unguarded instances of personal connection. Her hyperrealistic paintings depict small moments of intimate connections between strangers and, at the other end, large scale expressions of collective identity and solidarity. The paintings are about the connections between people, and the ways we affect each other – knowingly and unknowingly, positively and negatively – when we gather together. In her words: “Although I have always been uncomfortable in dense crowds, I am also moved by the ways they support, at one end, small moments of intimate connection between strangers and, at the other end, large-scale expressions of collective identity and solidarity.”

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