Artist Belynda Henry has an enduring appreciation for the beauty of Australia’s rural landscape. It’s this authentic focus that led her on a journey from studying Visual Arts in Sydney to becoming a mainstay in how the Australian terrain is portrayed in contemporary art. For more than 20 years Belynda Henry has devoted her paintings to capturing natural scenery from a distance, landing her many accolades including shortlists in the Archibald Prize and Wynne Prize.
For her upcoming exhibition ‘Reflections’, Belynda changed her tune slightly, to really immerse herself in one area instead of numerous landscapes. This was sparked by a move from her home of 17 years in the Central Coast hinterland of New South Wales, in the Dooralong Valley —a constant source of inspiration. At her new home within the same undulating area, Belynda soon found a fascination with the abundance of vegetation and birdlife down at her neighbour’s dam. It was these everyday encounters that sparked an emotional response for her new collection ‘Reflections’. ‘Reflections’ also differed from the others for Belynda because of her en plein air study of the landscape, who has always worked predominantly from her studio.
In anticipation of her upcoming exhibition, we caught up with Belynda to chat about her creative process, style development and what to expect from the artist in 2019.
‘Reflections’ by Belynda Henry opens on Thursday, April 2nd until April 20th, at Flinders Lane Gallery Nicholas Building, Melbourne.