Original art in this online gallery mainly consisted of painting until 2013. Circumstances over recent years made painting difficult. At this point, dry mediums were investigated. Much of the current artwork is created in mixed media. Mainly lightfast coloured pencil. Coloured pencil is still a misunderstood medium. However the quality of the manufacturing and materials used has developed. Many Fine Art galleries in key Cities around the world, such as New York now include coloured pencil artists within their portfolio. Joe Hendry uses mainly Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils which have the highest lightfast rating currently available.
PAINTING & DRAWING SUBJECTS
Figurative paintings and portraits have been the main subject matter for Joe Hendry over the years. Initially creating Fan Art or Celebrity Artwork, this gave way to more varied creations in both acrylic and oil paint. Canvases featuring Kilted Figures or “Kilties” began in 2007. They have developed over the years to include the detailed tartan – clad figures of the more recent original art. Joe Hendry also paints Landscape artwork. The artist has travelled much of Scotland, with some other landscapes from visits to England and other parts of the UK
Joe Hendry is a Glasgow based artist. He can be found amongst many other painters and sculptors at WASPS Artist’s Studios in Hanson Street in the City. Just next to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Before starting to paint full time at the end of 2005, Joe Hendry was an Interior Designer. Having studied design for four years in the eighties, a successful career in design was changed for “professional artist”. Joe Hendry artwork has been published in several art books and has been used to dress television sets including Sony Television’s “Franklin & Bash. You can read more about the artist in the biography section of this website.
“I have always loved celebrity culture. Not the type Andy Warhol predicted that we have now. I love celebrity that is deserved. A fascinating face that fronts true talent is what I like to bring my own feelings to in a painting or drawing. My design background showed through in much of my early art. I focussed mainly on large scale pop art paintings. I sent these canvasses all over the world to countries as far apart as Australia, Canada and Southern States of the USA.
Celebrity paintings and fan art is now a more intimate affair. These tend to be drawings which are more detailed. They are also created in coloured pencil or mixed media. In the mid noughties some of my celebrity artwork featured in the book “Diana In Art” by Mem Mehmet and “Marilyn In Art” by Roger Taylor. These books were tributes to Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe. Over the years my fan art has featured paintings of Madonna, Drawings of Debbie Harry, David Bowie and Kate Bush to name a few. I tend to paint and draw celebrities who mean something to me and not just who is popular at the time.
PAINTINGS OF GLASGOW
Paintings Of Glasgow feature throughout this online gallery. “I moved to Glasgow in 2001. Studying in Glasgow in the mid 198’s got me used to the City. I love living in Glasgow though, it really is a city with a lot going on. Glasgow artists are many and there are several artists studios throughout the City. It was my love for Glasgow that started me painting some of it’s iconic places. This has included large scale paintings of the Traffic Cone hat wearing Duke Of Wellington statue. Other artworks of Glasgow have included the Finnieston Crane and George Square. Glasgow art will be something that I return to now and again simply because I live here and I love the place.
SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS
Landscape paintings have formed a part of my portfolio since the early years. In fact, I painted Scottish landscapes as an amateur artist in the years before. It’s not just Scottish Landscape artwork in the gallery section. I have also painted and drawn other places I have visited, mainly in England. Most artists paint and draw that which is near them and living in Scotland, like most Scottish landscape artists it is landscapes that are local to me that I paint. Most of the landscapes are in the Archive section of the website. You can also find art in progress shots in the blog.
Figure paintings and drawings also form a large portion of this online art gallery. Male and female artwork in different styles have developed over the years. You can see this change from early design oriented art to more organic recent pieces. “I used to find attending life drawing classes really exhausting. The concentration needed was quite intense. Many of my female and male art have started off as life drawing sketches. Many others have developed from photography. We all relate to the human body and to portraiture. Possibly more than we do with other pieces of original art. Personally, I love to create paintings of the female form. It is a subject which is at the core of my art. More recently, I have been working in mixed media. There has also been a deliberate move towards smaller scale drawings rather than big canvasses.
Original art featuring a man wearing a kilt that was a little ill -fitting first appeared in this online art gallery in 2007. It was called “The Answer Is” as a response to the question “What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt”. Although there has been a lot of interest in other Joe Hendry paintings, this one really seemed to catch people’s imagination. The original painting featured in the media several times. There is also an Andy Murray version which was mentioned on Radio One and broke this websites server! Since then, the Scottish Kilt art has taken a more serious turn and the online gallery now includes oil paintings of kilt wearing figures in a landscape setting.
Buying Original Art Online
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There are several art-buying guides on this website in addition to lots of other information about art in general. Please see the articles section in the Archive menu above.
Joe Hendry artwork has featured in two Art books and many other publications. Joe’ paintings have also appeared in an American TV show made by Sony Television. Buying artwork from joehendry.com is risk free. Please enjoy browsing the original art on this website. Do get in touch if you have any comments or questions.