Painter, Textile artist | United States

marilyn henrion

Marilyn Henrion - Painter, Textile artist
"When asked about the broad range of content and form in my body of work, I respond with a quotation from the poet, Walt Whitman; “I am large; I contain multitudes.""

Marilyn Henrion, born in 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, is best known as a textile and mixed media artist. Having been a New York resident her whole life, Henrion’s work is firmly rooted in the urban geometry of the city. However, she also draws inspiration from music, poetry and the natural world.

Urban Geometric Abstractions

Inspired by the architecture of New York and other cities, her series ‘Patchwork City’ are fabric collages of digitally manipulated photographs of urban spaces and buildings. These dynamic pieces provide a glimpse into an urban landscape that is constantly evolving.

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Reviving Textile Traditions

Henrion reinvigorates needlework through her bold use of line, colour and form, modernising the tradition of textile work to reflect contemporary concerns. The idea that the human hand has been present in the intricate manipulation of the fabric is important for Henrion. The geometric abstract shapes in the pieced fabric are contrasted and complimented by the irregular nature and imperfections of the needlework technique.

International Excellence

Henrion has exhibited in over 25 solo shows over her expansive career. Her works have been shown in prestigious museums and galleries worldwide and she is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in Washington, DC. Henrion's work is owned by renowned collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Newark Museum, the Racine Art Museum and the Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland.


Soft City

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Patchwork City

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Pieced Quilt Art

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