Bill HENSON, Untitled 1990/91 [Paris Opera] (Cloud and landscape) Enlarge 1 /1


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1955

Untitled 1990/91 [Paris Opera] (Cloud and landscape) [Henson no: 31/85] 1990-91 Description: from the series Studies for the Paris Opera
Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C colour photograph Impression: two editions of 5 made one for international collections one for
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.394

Henson’s art is some distance from the association of the camera with the literal world. He is known for a succession of moody photographic series which evoke worlds beyond normal time and space, leading the viewer down a personal path of reverie. Henson’s world is one created with light and shadow. His working method involves complex use of different film stock, colour processing of black-and-white film, and intervention in the development and exposure of the prints. His characteristically saturated but subdued palette is precisely orchestrated by Henson, for whom classical music is a passion.

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