Ewen Henderson (1934-2000) was one of Britain’s major ceramic artists to emerge in the 1960s, a student of the increasingly innovative department at Camberwell College of Arts, where he was taught by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, the latter considering him one of her most important pupils. But Henderson had began as a painter, and brought a watercolorist and collagist’s sensibility to clay, treating his forms as much as a palette as an aspect of sculpture. Colour and texture soon merged with structure as Henderson explored increasingly pitted and fusing glazes and oxides, the pots of the early years opening out into far more complex shapes that explored relationships of space, interlocking volume and contour, and drawing as much on imaginary landscapes of the mind as places seen and felt. Henderson’s art was full of power, but was also playful and intricate, its full import still to be properly understood.
Henderson’s work can be viewed in many international public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
2014 Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, UK 2000 Ewen Henderson Paintings, The Red Gallery, Hampshire and The London Institute Gallery, London 1998 Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton, Cambridge Rufford Ceramic Centre, Apsida Gallery Austin Desmond Fine Art, London 1996 Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany Gallery Gilbert, Dorchester Ceramic and Painting, England 1995 Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham (with support from MAC New Work Trust) Passage of Time – New Ceramics and Drawings (travelling exhibition), various venues in England, Wales, Scotland and Germany 1994 Galerie Besson, London Economist Plaza, London 1993 Osiris Gallery, Brussels Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset Gallerie Heller, Sandhausen, Germany 1992 Galerie Besson, London Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset 1990 Galerie Besson, London Garth Clark Gallery, New York 1989 National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden 1987 Galerie Besson, London 1986 Retrospective Exhibition, British Crafts Centre, London 1982 Amalgam Gallery, Barnes, London (Ceramics/Paintings) The Oxford Gallery, Oxford 1981 Westminster Gallery, Boston, USA Craft Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1980 Kurfürstliche Burg, Eltville am Rhein Gallerie im Turm Ausstellung (Ceramics/Paintings) 1979 Craftwork Gallery, Heals, London 1978 Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford upon Avon, England 1976 Estudio Claus Gallery, Spain 1975 Marjorie Parr Gallery, London 1970 Bodicea Gallery, London
Courtesy of Joanna Bird Gallery, London
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