CA Henry fuses the Tribal ancestry from both parents which manifests in his lifelong vision quest and guiding principles.
Born on April 16, 1954, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the eighth of 11 children, C.A. was instilled with a passion for creativity from a tender age. His parents, driven by his mother’s spiritual devotion and his father’s unwavering commitment, profoundly shaped his life.
The fusion of Tribal ancestry from both parents manifested in C.A.’s lifelong vision quest and guiding principles. The Quechewa spirit of the Inca people and the Celtic determination of his Irish heritage became the bedrock of his pride, awareness, imagination, and inquisitiveness.
Recognized as an artist by the age of eight, C.A. and his family settled in Canada in September 1957. Immersed in a strict Catholic environment, he imbibed traditional values and customs both at home and in his schooling.
At the age of fourteen, a pivotal meeting with Yudon Stanton, a resilient Canadian artist bound to a wheelchair by MS, left an indelible mark on C.A. Impressed by Stanton’s prolific body of work, C.A. developed a lasting kinship with the artist. Another influential figure was Ada Torrence, a respected Canadian artist and woman, with whom he exchanged ideas in her studio home. Henry later sculpted a majestic northern pine tree inspired by one of Torrence’s silk screen prints in her memory.
At fifteen, C.A. encountered the renowned Canadian painter and visionary, Arthur Shilling, who would become his mentor and close friend, alongside Melvin Benson, another influential figure in C.A.’s formative years.
By the age of eighteen, C.A. embarked on a journey from Orillia, where his family had settled, to Toronto, bypassing the conventional art schools he had initially aspired to attend.
The Young Fox Gallery showcased C.A. Henry’s inaugural solo exhibition in 1987, marking a significant milestone in his artistic journey.
The Intent to Create.
It is not so much the Result, as it is the Intent.
It is not so much what you have done, as it is what you are doing.
It is not so much where you have been, as it is where you are going.
It is not so much the painting of a picture,
as it is “The Living of A Life”.
Creating honours our Creation.
I paint, in honour of being.
C. A. Henry MMXXIII