"Over the past forty-five years I have been actively engaged in creating appropriate scale sculpture for public places. These works have ranged in size from the approachable human scale to the confrontational monument. All of my public work is designed with the idea that it will be viewed by and interacted with the community, and also with the intent that it will become a central element to the people’s daily lives and existence.
My work is strongly influenced by the early twentieth century constructivist interest in the use of technology and industrial materials coupled with a non-objective rationale.
My passion lies in pushing the limits of space and creating massive objects that force the viewer to experience a new and powerful perspective. My sculpture has been described as confronting the viewer with simultaneous feelings of balance and tension as well as unity and dissent. "
American sculptor John Henry has long been recognized as the artist who can transform the simplest of forms into complex visual statements. Whether they are situated in the land or as part of a cityscape, John Henry’s monumental abstract sculptures challenge notions of balance and equilibrium. A formalist at heart, his concern for line, shape and form is essential to the structure that is the basis of his work and the varied angles that define their recognizable configuration.
Born in 1943, John received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Doctor of the Arts from the University of Kentucky. John has received numerous awards, including the Governor’s National Award in the Arts from the State of Kentucky. John Henry has been an active participant in promoting the arts, serving on the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and the Board of the International Sculpture Center, where he held various leadership roles, including Chairman. John was a founding member of ConStruct, the artist-owned gallery that promotes and organizes large-scale sculpture exhibitions in the U.S. His works grace many public and private collections around the U.S., Europe and Asia, and are included in the collections of the British Museum, London; the Dallas Museum; MOCA, Chicago; and the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Although the shapes in John Henry’s works may appear as simple elements arranged like pick-up-sticks, there is no doubt that the concepts that drive his constructions are complex, and the visual experience enhanced by their energy.