Talking Art is a quick artist interview. We ask HENSE 5 questions to help you get to know him and his art. Please contact the artist directly regarding their work.
Let our readers know who you are, where you are from and what kind of art you create?
My name is HENSE and I’m from Atlanta, GA. I’m a visual artist who works both outdoors and indoors. I create paintings on entire buildings in public space as well as in my studio. Almost everything I work on is completely spontaneous and I rarely use a preconceived sketch or concept. Scale has always been an important component in my work and I’ve continued to try to push that with my newer projects. I’ve been recently experimenting in treating my exterior public works similarly to the paintings in my studio. My work is based on pure abstraction, mark making and the physical process of painting. I want to constantly push myself and the viewer as to what can be defined as a painting. I enjoy the experimental process of working in my studio or outdoors and I never want to know ahead of time what the final outcome of the piece will be. For me, the exciting part of the creative process is the unknown and the experimenting that takes place to get from one stage to the other.
What is your favourite piece of art that you have done?
My favorite as of now would be the Church I painted in Washington DC. I enjoyed painting on such interesting and historic architecture.
Show & Tell us about your workspace and the tools you use. (brushes, charcoal, steel, lasers?)
For paintings in my studio, I really enjoy using acrylics. I like the fast dry time and easy clean up. My paintings are done is many layers and the acrylics work well with other materials like house paints and spray paint. I also use rollers, brushes, inks, mops, enamels, paint sprayers and other various mediums and tools. When working outdoors, I typically use high quality exterior latex enamel with rollers, brushes and homemade tools.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a large commission for the Westside Cultural Art Center in Atlanta.
What is your favourite piece of art from another artist?
Charline von Heyl, Untitled (Wall at WAM), 2010, acrylic and latex paint, 17 x 67’.