Dr Ian Henderson DCA
Ian Henderson studied art at Banbury, Oxford and Swansea Colleges of Art, UK. In 1964 he became the First Artist to a New Town Development Corporation, Skelmersdale in Lancashire. He was awarded a Gulbenkian Fellow in Creative Art (Painting) at Keele University in Staffordshire in 1966, after which he became a lecturer at Leeds College of Art while maintaining a studio in Oxfordshire and exhibiting his paintings throughout the UK.
In 1969 he travelled to Canada to become the First Artist in Residence (Painting) at Brock University, Ontario for twelve months. He returned to the UK in 1970 and arrived in Australia with his family in 1972. He became an Australian in 1975 and in reviews of his work he has been described as a figure and landscape painter in all media. He continues to exhibit his paintings on a regular basis in Australia and overseas. In 1979 he became Chief Graphic Designer for CSIRO in Canberra, as well as carrying out part-time lecturing at Bruce College (later to be ACT Institute of TAFE, now CIT). Returning to the UK in 1985 he re-established his studio at Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire and carried out numerous professional and educational activites throughout the Midlands and the South of England. Several exhibitions of his paintings were held at 'St. David's Studio' in Moreton-in-Marsh, as well as other locations, and as a BTEC design moderator he visited several art colleges and technical institutions in his professional capacity as a fine artist and designer. Ian, his wife and youngest son returned to Australia in 1989.
In 1989 he was appointed as an Artist in Residence with a consultancy position in visual arts for Brisbane’s South Bank development scheme and in 1990 he was offered and accepted a position at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW as a Senior Lecturer in charge of Visual Art & Design within the Faculty of Arts. Major exhibitions of his paintings took place in Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane, and in 1993 he gained a Doctorate in Creative Arts (Painting) from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales. Ian has worked at the Port Arthur Historic site with his major Tasmanian paintings held within Burnie Regional Art Gallery, the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, USA, and Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW. Other permanent acquisitions of his paintings are within several cities and regional art galleries in Australia, including Stanthorpe, Cowra, Muswellbrook, Taree, Murray Bridge, the History Trust of South Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.
As a migrant to Australia Ian has continued to maintain his contacts overseas. He has a large number of paintings in Canada and in the UK. (Twenty-eight of Ian Henderson’s paintings are catalogued within the UK Public Catalogue Foundation, 'ArtUK'.) He is represented in many private and public collections in the UK, Canada, USA, Asia and Australia. Most recently he has written and illustrated five autobiographical essays that are catalogued within the National Library of Australia, the ACT Heritage Library and the State Library of New South Wales. In 2016 Ian and his wife completed a trip to northeast Thailand after which an exhibition of paintings and an essay describing the visit were produced. A recently completed portrait has been of Dr Mike Kelly, AM, MP, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, and a selection of the artist’s paintings were shown at Altenburg & Co in Braidwood during June 2017.
Ian Henderson is currently working on new paintings and a further illustrated autobiographical essay concerning his time in Lancashire in the early 1960s. The artist is planning an exhibition of his work to take place at the fYREGALLERY in Braidwood, New South Wales in 2020.