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 Harry Raymond Henry  (1882 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: California/New York/Illinois      Known for: landscape, mural, writer, critic

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Harry Raymond Henry
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Bryce Canyon, Utah
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The following is from Patricia Henry Sage, granddaughter of the artist:



(H. Raymond Henry - 1882 - 1973)

Born in Wichita, Kansas. His father became sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas, and his mother was the female medical doctor west of the Mississippi and frequently treated prisoners in local jails.

Henry graduated from the Chicago Art Institute where he met and married Isabella Page Pierce. Subsequently, they moved to Los Angeles, California, where Henry was a decorator, designer and artist. His landscapes were chosen to decorate the salons and drawing-room cars of the Southern Pacific Railroad and his lithographs were the trademark of the railroad for many years.

In the 1920's, Henry purchased most of the businesses in San Juan Capistrano, California, including the famous Old Adobe building which became his home and studio. Many movie stars and celebrities of the period were visitors, purchased his paintings and signed his guest book.

The Henrys moved to Beverly Hills in the 1930s and his paintings sold well. He opened a studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood in the 1940s where he painted large canvases and taught art. He had many shows at the famous Greek Theatre.

In 1951, the Henrys moved to Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, California. His work was featured at the prestigious Laguna Art Gallery where he was a lifetime member. In 1960, he donated his magnificent five-foot by ten-foot Grand Canyon oil painting to Sacred Heart College in Los Angeles.

The Henrys had one son, Harvey Pierce Henry, born in 1912, in Los Angeles. Harvey Henry married Phyllis Dorthea Heathcote and had a daughter, Patricia Heathcote Henry in 1940.

Harvey Henry died in 1971 and Phyllis Henry in 1993. Their daughter, Patricia Heathcote Henry, is the sole inheritor of his existing work.
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Harry Henry is known for his unique painting using a bright palette and defined brush stroke in a style reminiscent of pointillism. Henry grew up in the Midwest and began his art training there, working as an apprentice for a local draftsman until he was old enough to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to the St. Louis Academy and later studied in Minnesota as a pupil of John C. Johansen.

At the turn of the century Henry lived in New York City where he had a studio. In 1910 he moved to Los Angeles, California, to continue painting. During the 1920s he moved north of Los Angeles to San Juan Capistrano, where he set up a studio in an adobe house. There he painted scenes of Southern California using a combination of bold blues, reds and lavenders.

By 1929 Henry was working as an art critic for the 'Hollywood Citizens News'. He exhibited his work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1932 and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1947. Henry relocated to the area of Three Arch Bay near Laguna in the 1940s. He was an active painter until his eyesight weakened in the 1960s. Henry died in Costa Mesa, California.

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Born in Woodson, IL on March 21, 1882. Henry was raised in the Midwest and apprenticed to a draftsman while in his teens. At the turn of the century he began art training at the AIC and St Louis Academy and had further training under John C. Johansen at Saugatuck, MI. He then had a studio in NYC until 1910 when he moved to southern California and first exhibited in Los Angeles. The 1920s were spent in San Juan Capistrano where he maintained a studio in an old adobe. After moving to Hollywood in 1929, Henry was an art critic for Citizens News. In the mid-1940s he moved to a home in Three Arch Bay south of Laguna Beach and continued to paint until his eyesight failed in the mid-1960s. He died in Costa Mesa, CA on May 16, 1974. Using a Pointillist style with a rich palette of blues, reds and lavenders, Henry painted poetic landscapes of southern California. Exh: Royar Gallery (LA), 1915; Old Adobe Gallery (Capistrano), 1926; Ainslie Gallery (LA), 1928; Gump's (SF), 1929 (solo); Calif. State Fair, 1930; LACMA, 1932; Laguna Beach AA; Tuesday Morning Club (LA), 1936; Nash Gallery (LA), 1938; CPLH, 1947. In: Gardena (CA) High School; Orange Co. (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Who's Who in American Art 1959-62.
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