Ben Henriques’ realism is rooted in the tradition of carefully observed painting from life. His work ranges from intimate still life and flower paintings to dramatic sea and landscapes, inspired by the West coast of Scotland and Southern England.
Henriques’ work highlights his curiosity with the fragility of life, often creating an underlying feeling of suspense and anxiety. He reminds us of the impermanent status of objects with his ability to capture moments of stillness, change and inevitable fading. Applying various layers of oil paint to the surface of the canvas, Henriques recreates the physicality of objects by simulating their weight and texture.
Painting also allows him to create an autobiographical record of his visual experience. As he explains, ‘locked in the layers of paint, lies the history of this experience of seeing.’ He believes Cezanne sums this up perfectly; ‘A minute in the world passes! To paint it in its reality and forget everything for that! To become that minute, to be the sensitive plate...and give the image what we see, forgetting everything that has appeared before our time.’
Ben Henriques (b. 1967, Cheshire) now divides his time between Scotland and England. Henriques’ work has been included in international exhibitions, including; the BP Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London, The Discerning Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, ‘Economy and Ecstasy,’ RAAB Galerie, Berlin, and the Royal Portrait Society’s annual exhibition, London.