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"Kathryn Henneman: Envision the Dream"
2007-12-01 until 2007-12-01
Nouri Gallery
Houston, TX, USA United States of America

The first Kathryn Henneman contemporary abstraction was born in 1985. Since then, Henneman has been advancing her etheral style, winning awards and a considerable following among art afficionados and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. From the Summerwood art studio inside her Austin, Texas summer home, Kathryn Henneman looks out at her spacious backyard and delights in the sights – sunshine, green grass and a variety of trees listening to the sound of Mockingbirds. What a charming town she has settled in, “the Heart of Texas” .“It’s like Tuscany,” she says. Having realized her dream of making a career as an artist, Henneman is thrilled to be able to strengthen that dream by sharing her art at an exclusive showing and reception at the Nouri Gallery. The one night only Saturday event, was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 1, 2007. The passion with which she has embraced her new surroundings is exceeded by her passion for her craft. “Painting is the rhythm of my life,” Henneman says. Kathryn Henneman has been a member at absolutearts.com since 2001.

The abstract impressionist artist has been painting professionally for the last 25 years. An Arizona native, Henneman has been interested and adept at art ever since she was a child. But it wasn’t until 1982 that she began to dabble in art. She had her first show in the Los Angeles area in 1985 where she was stunned to find her work nearly sold out. Henneman’s success grew from there, until today, she has pieces hanging in homes, businesses and hotels all over the world. She has participated in shows in New York City and Florence, Italy as well as extensively California and throughout the west coast. In Houston, Henneman will be showing a variety of her works, which include oils on canvas, mixed media on canvas and chalk pastels on paper and custom designed rug samples. Known for her unique use of color and texture, Henneman’s work has a way of capturing the hearts of those who see it.

She creates, well, as she creates. She describes her learning as "by doing, by paying attention to the least little expressive detail". She trusts her "perceptions." As a consequence, Henneman’s followers often describe sensing a genuine struggle in her work; a contest between the desires and expectatons of the painter.

Her contemporary rug designs and large tapestry wool fiber wall hangings grace extraordinary public and private spaces. You'll find Henneman art in such prestigous corporate art collections as Walt Disney Studios, eBay, Mel Gibson/ICON productions, RCA, Sony, Wells Fargo Center and at Los Angeles' LAX airport. Or you may notice them exhibited world wide in luxury hotels ranging from Four Seasons to Hyatt Regency, Radisson and Sheraton. However her far-flung art exhibits leave her little time for the comforts of home. We first met Kathryn by email while she was attending to her current exhibition in Rome, Italy. Priscilla Weadon, who owns an East Coast art marketing firm, first met Henneman and saw her art at The New York Art Expo. Says “Henneman’s paintings trigger an emotional response!” “Kathryn is such a powerful presence. Her personality is so full of life, joy and excitement. When people see her paintings, they get that filled-up feeling. They feel the joy of her art.”

Peg Seeger, a former L.A. galleries owner who later founded The Seegers Group to place art in corporate settings, had such an emotional reaction when she first saw Henneman’s work. “I immediately fell in love with her artwork,” she said. “Kathryn is able to move color on a page like nobody I’ve ever seen – other than the American Masters. Her natural gift is so very finished.” The American Masters are a select group of artist considered the finest in the country.

Seeger placed Henneman’s art in the offices of the Great Western Bank, Southern California Edison, the corporate offices of Toyota and local accountants Parks, Palmer, Turner and Yeimenidjian. Last year, she was commissioned to create 21 pieces of original art for the new Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. Henneman loves to travel abroad and get new views of the world that inspire her to create. “The emotions that I get from traveling inspire me to paint,” she says. “I love experiencing different people and cultures.”

She adds that “sometimes the smallest of things, like a fabric swatch, can spark an idea for a painting. Henneman’s work spans the range from compact, delicate florals to large textile pieces to enormous, rich abstracts.” Managing partner, Scott Hartle, partner in BoswellCrowe Private Art Dealers, says Henneman’s use of color makes her work stand out to corporate, hospitality and residential clients alike.

He says “the size of some of her paintings – large horizontals – appeals not only to corporate clients, but also to more and more homeowners.” Two paintings in her Austin, Texas studio now measure 8 feet long by 2 feet high. Henneman now offers fine art reproductions and lithograghs of her work on a smaller scale.. After opening a studio in Austin, Texas, Henneman immediately became involved in the community, by providing commissioned work for the redevelopments of two of Austin’s largest commercial Class A Office Towers, Chase Tower and 816 Congress both owned by NNN Realty Advisors in joint venture partnerships with Endeavor and Lymans respectively. It was a serendipitous moment that led to her first commissions in Austin, Texas. Henneman had accompanied a friend, local well known Interior Designer Paula Volding, on a visit to the Capital of Texas to review locations for a new summer studio.. There she met Bill McQuire and his team with STG Architects and the Asset Management team with NNN Properties currently in the process of several building remodels. Commissioned work insued quickly followed by many more commission requests from local Interior Designers and Home Builders. Summerwood Studios was thus born with the help of Paula Volding and many others. Austin and Summerwood Studio is a perfect compliment to Kathryn Henneman’s winter studio in Palm Springs, California known as Henneman Fine Art. You can review commissions and fine works on paper and oil on canvas at www.boswell-crowe.com private art dealers and specialist in large scale commissions.

View more of Kathryn Henneman's work in her Portfolio at absolutearts.com http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/k/kathrynhenneman/

Artist: Kathryn Henneman
Title: Tradition
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Other Painting
Width: 36 inches
Height: 36 inches
Depth: 2 inches
Price: US$ 3500
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