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Mary Dill Henry’s bold, largescale paintings radiate with pure emotion through striking line and color. Born in Sonoma, California in 1913, Henry gained traction late in her career after studying under Lazlo Maholy Nagy, the Bauhaus master. After completing her studies, and newly divorced, Henry moved to Mendocino, CA with her children and began her career as a full-time artist. During this time, she won major commissions including the Hewitt-Packard headquarters where she completed modernist murals throughout the campus. Other corporate commissions included First National Bank, San Jose; Stockton Record; The Bethel Corp, San Francisco.
Henry’s exploration of grand, geometric abstraction made her one of the most important women painters of her generation. Her style of formalism foregrounded beauty over novelty, in an attempt to distill contemporary art to its deepest, most significant form. Henry’s work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Institute of Design IIT, Microsoft, Safeco, and Amgen, among many others.
“Lost in Vermillion” and “Rabat” exemplify Henry’s commanding use of reductive shapes and elegant design.