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 Paul Blaine Henrie  (1932 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: California/Florida      Known for: modernist marine genre, landscape, coastal scene and whimsical painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Paul Blaine Henrie (1932–1999) was an American painter and illustrator who was best known for seascapes and coastal scenes.

Henrie was born Paul McKinley Henrie in Tampa, Florida. He established himself in 1960 in the artist community of Laguna Beach, California, where he lived in a hillside home with his wife and child. Henrie later moved to Carmel, California.

Henrie became known for his watercolors and palette-knife oil paintings of California coastal scenes as well as exotic locales he had visited in Tahiti, Mexico and New Orleans. In works prior to 1961, his signature is "Paul Henrie" or "Blaine". Afterwards, he signed them "Paul Blaine Henrie".

Henrie was criticized for "prostituting his undeniable talent" because he readily admitted to sometimes pumping out dozens of paintings only to maintain an expensive lifestyle. Henrie boasted he was the "fastest palette in the west" and could produce several paintings in a day. He said he only did it for sale in tourist trap-type art galleries "when I need a load of bricks." He said, "It may sound crass, but when I hear the bell and see the carrot, I'm gone."

Henrie reserved his best work for his collectors and several prestigious galleries like the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York. Notable celebrities who bought his work included Vincent Price, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and Princess Margaret.

Henrie also illustrated two books for young adults, Legendary Outlaws of the West (1976) and Legendary Women of the West (1978), and wrote a how-to art book titled Painting in the South Seas.

After moving to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Henrie made an unsuccessful run for a seat on the city council in 1988.

In May 1992, Henrie was arrested for selling more than 30 forged artworks that he alleged were done by Joan Miró, to a Monterey art shop for $42,000. It was ascertained that Henrie was the painter after his palm print was found in the paint of one of the pieces. Henrie only faced one count of misdemeanor forgery because authorities could prove only that one painting was his work. He pleaded guilty in October 1992 and was fined $12000 and faced one year in jail.

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Paul Blaine Henrie, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Blaine_Henrie (Accessed 12/16/2014)


Biography from Los Angeles Public Library:
This information is taken from an article titled "Paul Blaine Henrie" by Jerome Muller in the Orange County Illustrated, May 1970.

Born in Tampa, Florida in 1932, Blaine Henrie became a California landscape painter, active in the Laguna Beach Art Association and the Carmel Art Association.

He and his wife arrived in Laguna Beach in 1960 with a small child, financed car and virtually no money. From that time having settled in Three Arch Bay, he has turned out thousands of paintings and has also became a controversial member of the artist colony there, one of the reasons being that he makes no secret of the fact that he paints to make money--"a home in the hills, a studio at the beach, Tiffany lamps, antique automobiles, rare pool tables, etc."

Some critics assert that he is only a mercenary showman whose paintings are "worse than mediocre" and that he should have been a salesman. But on the East Coast, Edwin Barrie, Director of the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York, described Henrie as "A budding genius from California."

About his detractors, Henrie said: "I don't give a damn. . .My work is geared mostly to pleasing myself--not a jury."

Henrie's biggest problem has been keeping up with the demand for his work and has a large number of collectors including celebrities Vincent Price, Glenn Ford, Jack Lemon, Jack Benny and Edward G. Robinson.

In style, Henrie is much inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, and "he often makes more money in one day of painting than Van Gogh made in his entire life."

Henrie paints rapidly, "the fastest palette knife painter in the world." Working relentlessly, he often uses watercolor and sometimes acrylic, and quite often completes several paintings a day. However, they can take a year or so to completely dry. Early in his career, he painted with casein, which dried quickly and allowed him to develop his fast-paced production method.


Biography from Ron Chespak Gallery:
Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970 By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last.

Paul Blaine Henrie (1932-1999). Born: Tampa, FL

Member: Laguna Beach Art Association, Carmel Art Association.

Blaine McKinley Henrie grew up in Florida and began his art career during his teenage years.  After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he traveled to Chicago, New York City and New Orleans working as a mural artist.  By the mid 1950s, he had settled in California.  He lived in Carmel at first, and then moved to Laguna Beach. After opening a gallery at Main Beach in Laguna, Henrie became well-known for his watercolors depicting local coastline scenes and views of places he had traveled including Tahiti, Mexico and Hawaii.  During the 1950s and early 1960s, he signed his art Blaine or Paul Blaine.  After 1961, he signed it Paul Blaine Henrie.  In addition to producing watercolors, oil paintings and prints, Henrie authored two art instruction books.

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Interview with Paul Blaine Henrie, 1997.





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