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2016

New light box art at BEAMS Festival - 17th September 2016

I was selected again for the BEAMS light art festival on Saturday 17th September, in Chippendale, an inner city suburb of Sydney, Australia. Go to www.beamsfestival.com.au. This year I will present a new triptych entitled "The Eternal Garden". Come along and visit if you are near the city that day, it all starts at 5pm!

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Artwork shortlisted for Mandorla Art Prize

15-24 July 2016

One of my recent detailed ink works on paper, entitled "Heart and Soul", was shortlisted for the 2016 Mandorla religious art prize and will be on exhibition at Linton&Kay Gallery in Perth until 24th July, then touring at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery and various locations in Perth until October (see www.mandorlaart.com/2016-award).

 

 

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Selected for "Northern Exposure 4" exhibition at Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie

The painting "Tree of Life" was exhibited at the Glasshouse from 13 May to 3 July 2016.

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2015

Exhibition: "Cosmographica"

23 Oct - 14 Nov 2015

16 unique art works (including two by my son, illustrator Julian Henderson). The main opening was held on Thursday 22 Oct, with a second opening on Friday 23 Oct - both well attended! Carlton Project Space. 106-107/17 Carlton Street, Chippendale, Sydney Australia

See List of works available in the Store section and Gallery.

 

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New light box art at BEAMS Festival

I was selected for the BEAMS light art festival on Saturday 19th September, in Chippendale, an inner city suburb of Sydney, Australia. Go to www.beamsfestival.com.au. My three art works entitled Celestial were created by forging thousands of pinholes in painted paper then backlit by special lightboxes. The exhibit was very successful with hundreds of visitors!

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Solo Exhibition: "What Dreams May Come"

New paintings will be on display in Sydney at the GKJE Gallery 1 at the Mercure Sydney, Potts Point (next to Kings Cross Train Station). The show is open daily for visitors from 1st to 29th June 2015. The Opening will be 6-8pm on Thursday 4th June!

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Artwork shortlisted for New World Art Prize

One of a series of new highly detailed works on paper, entitled "Convergence", is a finalist (second year running) in the 2015 New World art prize and will be on exhibition at the NG Gallery in Chippendale, Sydney from 9th April to 2nd May 2015

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Winner (Religious category) of the 2015 Port Macquarie Art Award

The painting "Cathedral" won the Religious art prize in Port Macquarie and is on display at the historic courthouse, Port Macquarie, from 1st-8th April 2015

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2014

A selection of earlier signature paintings in "A Bit Blue 2" Group Show

The paintings "Kafka's Way", "Dreamscape" and "Illumination" from 2001 are on show in Kings Cross Sydney at the Mercure Gallery (GJKE Gallery 1) in Mercure Hotel Level 2 until late Jan 2015

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Artwork shortlisted for KAAF Art Prize 2014

The painting "The Tempest" has been shortlisted for the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation (KAAF) art prize 2014. The work will be on exhibit from 26 Nov 2014- 30 January 2015 at the Korean Cultural Office, 255 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

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Artwork shortlisted for New World Art Prize

One of a NEW series of highly detailed works on paper, entitled "Dreams of Utopia", was a finalist in the New World art prize and on exhibition at the NG Gallery in Chippendale, Sydney from 8 -24 May 2014

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Invited to participate in "Northern Exposure 3" exhibition at the amazing Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie

The painting "The Tempest" was exhibited at the Glasshouse from 21 March to 27 April 2014

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Winner (Open category) of the 2014 Port Macquarie Art Award

The painting "Tree of Hope" won the major acquisitive prize in Port Macquarie. Winning entry was judged by Niomi Sands, Curator of the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, and was on display at the historic courthouse, Port Macquarie, 17-22 April 2014

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2013

Artwork shortlisted for the Cliftons Art Prize and Fishers Ghost Art Award 2013

The painting "The Window" was shortlisted for the Cliftons art prize exhibition held at Cliftons Sydney venue,  Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney from 28th May to 28th June. Also shortlisted for Fishers Ghost art prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre from 2nd Nov to 16th Dec 2013, Sydney
 

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Winner (Drawing category) of the 2013 Port Macquarie Art Award!

The drawing "Mesmerised" has won first prize in the drawing section of the 2013 Port Macquarie Art Prize. The judge was Sue McEntyre from Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

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2013 Solo Exhibition

"The Edge of Reality"

20 paintings and prints were on display at the Mercure Gallery, Mercure Hotel at Kings Cross in Sydney. 5 Dec 2012 - 18 Mar 2013. Curation by Geoff Jaeger.

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2012

Artwork shortlisted for the St George Art Prize 2012

The painting "Tree of Hope" has been shortlisted for the St George art prize exhibition at Hurstville Museum and Gallery in Sydney. The exhibition will be on 20 Oct -16 Dec 2012.

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"The Edge of Reality" show was held at Sydney Art Expo in Sept 2012

http://www.artexpo.net.au/Sydney2012/

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Artwork selected for inclusion in new Psychology textbook

Permission was sought from Oxford University Press (New York) to include my painting Introspection (2006) in their new textbook Introduction to Psychology, scheduled for publication in 2013. The picture will illustrate a section on the history and psychology of introspection.

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This website was selected for archiving by the National Gallery of Australia

The website www.berichenderson.com has been selected for preservation by the National Gallery of Australia. This title was archived 24th May 2012 and is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.

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Artwork selected for national postcard distribution

The painting "Closing Time" (2009) was recently selected for distribution (10,000 copies) around Australia as an art postcard. Look for it late in 2012 at Avantcard stands in shops and museums.

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Finalist in 2012 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize

The drawing "Shipwrecked" has been short-listed for the Adelaide Perry Prize. The judge is renowned art critic John McDonald. The exhibition is on show 24th Feb to 24th March.

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2012 Solo Exhibition

"The Curiosity Cabinet"

Selected visions of the afterlife and other realities. Wedge Gallery, Books Kinokuniya in Sydney,

7th-20th March 2012

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2011

Finalist in 2011 Lethbridge 10000 Small works Art Prize

The painting "Introspection 2011" was shortlisted for the Lethbridge Gallery small works prize in Brisbane. The exhibition ran 4th June until 26th June.

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Invited to participate in two Group shows in Seoul, Korea.

"After hours" is part of  the group show “Together in Harmony for 50 Years,” with art works by 106 Australian artists. To celebrate 50 years of friendship between Australia and Korea, the Australian Embassy in Seoul and the Korea Women’s Art Society in Sydney (Kwass) have organized this art exhibit which is at the Noori and Arum Gallery, Korea Foundation Culture Centre. The painting "Vertigo"  is one of 30 works in the sequel exhibition at the Bom Gallery in Chongdamdong, Seoul's most prominent art precinct. The Bom gallery show opens on the 3rd May 2011.


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The painting "Tethered 2008" was recently selected to illustrate the 2011 edition of the magazine Words and Images published by University of Maine, USA.

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Finalist in 2011 Prometheus Art Award

The painting "The Killers" (2009) has been shortlisted for the Prometheus art prize on the Gold coast. The exhibition runs from 27th May to 1st June.

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Finalist in 2011 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize

The large pencil drawing of "Insomnia" (2011) was shortlisted for a major national art prize, The Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize held in Sydney Feb-March.

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2010

I had some recent Sideshow paintings published in the Spanish independent online art journal Carpaccio magazine Issue 21, check it out at

http://www.issuu.com/carpacciomagazine/docs/issue21/1

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Finalist in 2010 St George Art Award

One of my recent paintings "Anticipation"  (below) was short-listed for  the inaugural St George Art Prize held at the Hurstville Museum in Sydney.

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I was a finalist in the 2010 Tiger Beer art contest "TigerTranslate"

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2010 Solo Show

"Everlasting Dream"

Selected visions and dreamscapes. Wedge Gallery, Books Kinokuniya in Sydney,

21 July - 3 August 2010

 

 

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 2010 Solo Show

"Dangerous Dreams"

Saturday 6th February until 27th March 2010

Hurstville City Museum and Gallery, 14 Macmahon St, Hurstville, Sydney

This was a large retrospective show of my works spanning the past decade.  The show featured my paintings prominently in the main gallery of the regional museum and was complemented by ceramic art sculpture from local artists. Thanks to curators Serena Manwaring and Jessica Allen and museum staff for helping to make this show a success.

 

 

 

The artist at the entrance to the museum (photograph by Cindy Zielinski)

 

 

Photos from Opening night (Sat 6th Feb, 2010). People, music, food, chatter and art.

 

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Museum interview with the artist

 

 

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Press coverage of Dangerous Dreams 2010

 

 

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2009

2009 Solo Show

"Sideshow!"

Monday 7th Dec 2009 to Saturday 30th January 2010

 

The Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney

A nice selection of Sideshow paintings were on display and for sale in the Gallery bar at the Arthouse Hotel in Pitt Street Sydney (next to the Hilton hotel). This was a truly unique venue.

The mermaid and her double. Photo from Arthouse Hotel 2009.

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2009 Solo Show

"Worlds of Wonder"

at Hurstville Museum and Gallery March 2009

Walls filled with pictures of glamorous women trapped within the sideshow or of men seeking a higher consciousness or falling to their doom. The different carnival inspired works came together nicely. Thanks to Serena Manwaring, curator of the museum for support.

 

Photos from 2009 March Opening at Hurstville City Museum, Sydney Australia

 

Artist statement about "Sideshow" project

I have always been fascinated by carnivals. This current series of surrealistic works explores the darker side of carnival life. The spiritual and otherworldly essence of carnival nocturnes has appeared in the mass media sporadically over past decades, and my initial exposure to this microcosm was courtesy of Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, mental images of which still haunt me after many years. Coupled with a fascination of all things Victorian, the old world Sideshow has now been distilled into a series of drawings and paintings that use an ever-changing carnival backdrop to depict images of isolation, uncertainty, experimentation and entrapment. These are recurring themes in my work, for reasons perhaps most humans can relate to.

     The world depicted in my drawings could be seen as a window into my own psyche, in that they derive from spontaneous mental images. The Victorian era feel to the work and the sense of simultaneous entrapment and release are integral elements in these compositions, where all parts are carefully balanced. I see the carnival as a metaphor for that tainted paradise most humans crave, a universe that tempts us by stimulating all our senses and yet one which is ready to swallow us whole. The sequence of temptation, experience, bewilderment and restraint can either provoke our release or incur our demise. In this world, the surface glitter clearly masks darker happenings behind closed doors. Perhaps not so different to urban existence after all.

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2006

2006 Solo Show

"Searching for Enlightenment"

Wallspace Gallery, 25-27 Brisbane St., Surry Hills in Sydney. This was Beric's third solo exhibition and included a range of new surrealistic works.

September 9-30. Official opening 9th September at 3pm.

2006 Group Show

"Originals"

Wallspace Gallery. Featuring the work of ten artists: Michael Burfield, Nikolaus Dorrer, Beric Henderson, Zig Jaworowski, Imogen Joy, Keith lane, Luis Martinez, Catherine O'Donnell, Leslie Rice and Li Wenmin.

May 26-June 17. Opening night May 25 from 6pm.

Photos from the 2006 September Opening of my Solo Show at Wallspace Gallery.

Film Director and Gallery Owner Alex Proyas was in attendance.

 

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2005

2005 Solo Show

Beric's second solo exhibition, "Pulp Surrealism and other Visions", was held at the St. George Regional Museum in Hurstville, Sydney from 1 Oct to 12 Nov 2005. The event was covered by the local press, with a brief report in a national art magazine.

 

Press Reports (2005)