We are all blended with a swath of experiences; walking, breathing, thinking creatures, full of insight and emotions expelled through every single pore. Our aura illuminates spaces of darkness and drives ideas through vision, endowing minds with fragments of personality shimmering through a kaleidoscope of colour.
Turks and Caicos Islands-based artist, Hezron Henry's work is an exploration of this, via his practice. The Guyanese-born artist of Indo/Afro Caribbean descent's body of work consists of acrylic on paper, canvas, and digital painting, adapting both traditional and modern mediums to his signature style. His art is laden with vibrant colours and a link is established highlighting the emotive power of colour. Drawing inspiration from his youth, collecting comics, and his everyday interactions as an adult, he bridges youthful vibrancy and rule-breaking with the depth of an individual’s search for belonging in a region, still underrepresented, and overlooked. Hezron infuses his portraits with introspection and longing while vivid colours harken to a palette present in Fauvism.
His passion is honest artistic expression, creating an experience people can enjoy and connect with on an ethereal level. As one of Turks and Caicos’ most prolific artists he has exhibited in cities across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Trinidad & Tobago at CARIFESTA, Portland (USA), and at Art Takes 2021 (NYC). Hezron has also had the pleasure of being featured in several publications: Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Wacom’s “The Next Level,” Turks and Caicos Magazine, and selected as Curator’s Choice: Atlantic World Art Fair and “Curators’ Picks: Emerging” on Artsy.
As an artist my aim is to delve into the concept of identity via the depiction of figurative portrait art. Using focal points of the face to bring across the emotions of the subject in relation to the idea I seek to project. This idea however is not one that is preached; it is a conversation, a dialogue between the subject, the viewer, and myself. As a third culture individual with the ancestry of Africans (enslaved) and Indians (indentured laborers), my art also serves as a way to navigate the nuances of my ethnic and cultural history of both my birth and adopted home.
The art explores facets of identity through the lens of colour, culture, the individual in society, and the community as a whole. Through the use of colours in my art I present a visual language that appears chaotic and disorienting but as a whole, the precision can be realized through a macro view and its scale revealed.