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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 complemented 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 in Poland.


Soft City

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Patchwork City

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Pieced Quilt Art

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  • 2005
    New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship-Grant– New York, United States
  • 2005
    Artslink Partnership Fellowship– Moscow, Russia

Group exhibitions

  • 1994
    Patterns of Vision / James A. Michener Art Museum – Doylestown, PA, United States
  • 1993
    Five Perspectives: American Art Quilts / Museum of Decorative Arts – Moscow, Russia

Solo exhibition

  • 2014
    Soft City / Visions Art Museum – San Diego, California, United States


  • 2010
    Brisons Veor Trust Fellowship - Cape Cornwall, United Kingdom

Permanent collections

  • 2016
    Mitsubishi Trust & Bank, New York, NY, United States
  • 2016
    Racine Art Museum Permanent Collection, Racine, WI, United States
  • 2014
    Newark museum Permanent Coillection, Newark, NJ, United States
  • 2014
    Central Museum of Textiles Permanent Collection, Lodz, Poland
  • 2012
    International Quilt Study Center Museum Permanent Collection, Lincoln, NE, United States
  • 2012
    SAS Institute Corporate Collection, Cary, NC, United States
  • 2010
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute Collection, Boston, MA, United States
  • 2009
    Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, United States
  • 2008
    Carnegie Abbey Country Club Collection, Naragansett, RI, United States
  • 2008
    U.S. State Department Embassy Collection , Phom Penh, Cambodia
  • 2006
    Lucent Technologies Corporate Collection, Denver, CO, United States
  • 2006
    Avaya Corporation, Corporate Collection, Denver, CO, United States
  • 2006
    Nihon Vogue Corporate Collection, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005
    National Quilt Museum Permanent Collection, Padsucah, KY, United States
  • 2000
    Museum of Arts & Design Permanent Collection, New York, NY, United States
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