Bill Henson | Selected Works
30.04.22 - 29.05.22
Bill Henson is an internationally renowned Australian artist who uses photography to capture the human condition in visual form. Drawing on his early training as a painter, Henson employs the history of art, particularly portraiture and landscape painting, to create large scale works that blend formal techniques with cinematography and dreamscape to skilfully evoke mood and drama. Henson’s work can stop you in your tracks and make you draw breath, or take you somewhere unknown. Cropped portrait close-ups and dramatic angles rupture the picture plane, allowing the viewer insight into the emotional landscape of an individual, experience, or place but asking that you add your own to it as well. Each image is a meaningful instant frozen in time, ambiguous but richly immersive. For his second solo exhibition at Starkwhite Bill Henson has selected key photographs from his long career that represent his practice at its finest. Overwhelmingly vast landscapes and ethereal portraits sit side by side – Henson isn’t afraid of life’s peak experiences and draws us closer to them too through his exceptionally beautiful surfaces and emotionally rich content.