A Retrospective

Henny van den Wildenberg, A portrait of Henny with his paintings, Painting


Born in the Netherlands in 1929, Henny van den Wildenberg began painting at an early age, winning his first art prize when he was 10. He studied art and design and began his creative career as a designer at Philips-Eindhoven. In 1958 he was seconded to Le Corbusier during the building of Poeme Electronique. He migrated to Australia in 1961 to become a lecturer at the National Art School in Sydney. In 1965 he returned to Holland to lecture at various art and design schools but came back to Australia in 1971 to lecture in art at Sturt College of Advanced Education in Adelaide. Since 1985 he has devoted himself to full-time painting in Australia and Europe and lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

His long career has taken in a swathe of styles and mediums – from ink sketches on paper to stylised realism hewn in acrylic on canvas, and many things in between. His subjects are unlimited too – landscapes, still life, models, family members, and portraits- he was a finalist in the 2004 Archibald Prize.

Since getting Best's disease which causes blindness over the last two decades Henny has been developing a style which is new to him – an impressionistic and atmospheric aesthetic borne of both philosophical and physical changes in Henny’s life.

"I go away from the imagery, and the title will give you an opportunity to come in with your own vision. I respect your vision and I invite you to feel uncomfortable or comfortable or whatever, but it is you – not me superimposing it on you. And that is the shift for me at the moment.”

While visiting the exhibition experience the smorgasbord of creative abundance in the converted warehouse space of the Fleurieu Arthouse at the site of Hardys Tintara Winery. Meet the artists in the studios, have a wine or a barista coffee. Join a workshop, art class or listen to an artist talk.

29 Jul - 28 Aug
Mon, Thu-Sun 11am-4pm
Opening Event 29 Jul , 02:00 pm-04:00 pm
Fleurieu Arthouse
202 Main Rd, McLaren Vale
7288 3095
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