22″ x 28″
Henry Hess’s obsessive attention to detail is truly remarkable. Henry is a teen artist with autism and he has been using drawing as a primary means of communicating his identity for most of his life. He primarily works with paper and his multimedia approach to art is something that makes him unique.
Henry’s art is inspired by classical musicals like Singin’ in the Rain, Willy Wonka, Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz just to name a few. These characters are studied intensely by Henry before, during, and often after the art making process. They are not just art, they are also his family. Henry has the courage to make many versions of the same character, as can be seen in this piece, ingeniously tilted ‘The Lions’.
Despite his near constant need to create, his desire to make anything based on a rubric is non-existent. He is not interested in commissions, or even showing off is work to family or friends. The intended audience is an extraordinary teenager named Henry Hess.
Working mostly in Franklinton, Henry is constantly surrounded by artists who help him push his creativity and ingenuity to be the best it can be through practicing new techniques and working with new materials. He works on his art anywhere from 3 to 6 hours a day and produces hundreds of characters. He commits to each line he draws and he never erases.
“The Lions” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of his work at hhartwork.com.