Henry is a native Georgian
from Union Point. He attended Young Harris College and Huntingdon College on
basketball scholarships. After graduating from Huntingdon, he served in the
U.S. Navy and pursued several career interests, including that of
singer/musician, before settling on his career as an artist. Playing music
remains one of his favorite interests.
Henry’s principal art studies
include six years of intensive work with Constantin and Roman Chatov, studying
portraiture and figure. It was with the Chatov brothers that he developed his
color palette and achieved the feeling of light in his paintings. He also
studied with New York artist Daniel Greene in 1981; and with Yves Brayer, a
noted French artist in Paris during 1983.
Henry works primarily in
landscape, and occasionally works in still life and portraiture. His mediums
include oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and pencil. He also taught oil
painting classes for ten years in portraiture, still life and landscape.
The artist’s works are
represented in many corporate and private collections. Of special note are the
twelve paintings of the apostles of Christ, painted for the ceiling of the
oldest standing church in Atlanta, The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church. Each painting is of large scale measuring 10 ft. x 10 ft. and
includes historic iconography of each apostle. During the Civil War, the church
was spared from being burned by Sherman’s forces. The paintings may be viewed
when visiting the church in Atlanta.
Henry’s work is represented
by a number of galleries in major cities in the Southeast, including
Atlanta--where he works and makes his home--Charlotte, Nashville, and Knoxville,
as well as Florence, Alabama.
Henry Barnes Studio
P.O. Box 862005
Marietta, GA 30062