Hense

BIO

Dynamic colours, painterly expression and monumental wall paintings are the central elements in the work by American artist Alex Brewer aka Hense. In Washington D.C he painted the entire facade of a former church and in Northam, Australia several gigantic grain elevators.

His compositions are highly influenced by his relation to graffiti culture. The artist engages with places and surfaces and the different possibilities that can be explored with the means of painting and assemblage. Hense’s indoor works convince with the same colourfulness and autonomy of shapes & lines as his wall paintings. By applying the paint in fast gestures he develops his typical abstract-organic imagery.

Hense lives and works in Atlanta, USA.

BIO

Dynamische Farben, malerische Expression und überdimensionale Wandbilder im öffentlichen Raum sind die zentralen Elemente im Werk des US-amerikanischen Künstlers Alex Brewer aka Hense. So gestaltete er u.a. in Washington D.C. die komplette Fassade eines ehemaligen Kirchengebäudes sowie in Northam, Australien mehrere monumentale Getreidesilos.

Seine Kompositionen sind stark durch seinen Bezug zur Graffitikultur beeinflusst. Hense beschäftigt sich mit Orten und Flächen und den unterschiedlichen Möglichkeiten, die sich mit den Medien Malerei und Assemblage erschließen. Seine Werke für den Innenraum überzeugen durch die gleiche Farbenpracht und Autonomie an Formen & Linien wie seine Wandgemälde. Durch den schnellen, gestischen Farbauftrag entsteht die für den Künstler typische organisch-abstrakte Bildsprache.

Hense lebt und arbeitet in Atlanta, USA.

VITA

Born (Alex Brewer) 1978
Lives and works in Atlanta, GA


Solo Exhibitions

2015
Library Street Collective, HENSE, November, Detroit, MI.

2014
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL.
HENSE: Drawings, Paintings and Shapes, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2013
HENSE: Prints and Paintings, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
HENSE: New Paintings, Maxwell Colette Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2012
SPRAY, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2009
Surface Strength, The Rail Yard, Atlanta, GA.

2008
Soft Light, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2005
12′ x 6″, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
New Works on Paper, Octane, Atlanta, GA.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Vivid Bunch Vol #2, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne, Germany

2014
Art Basel, Library Street Collective Gallery, Goldman Properties, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL.
Abstract, BC Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
The Shape of a Pocket, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Intuitionists, The Drawing Center, New York, NY.

2013
Exhibit Z, Library Street Collective Gallery, Detroit, MI.
Graffiti Mash Up, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Drawing Inside the Perimeter, Site-specific installation, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Graffuturism, Open Space Gallery, Paris, France.

2012
Skate it or Hang it, Museum of Design Atlanta MODA, Atlanta, GA.
Off the Edge, Rialto Center For The Arts, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Karen Comer Lowe.

2011
Art on the BeltLine, Exhibition of exterior public works along the BeltLine corridor, Atlanta, GA.
Summer Group Show, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Hambidge Art Auction, Bradford Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Curated by Ben Goldman and Jenny Minkewicz.
Mark Making In Black And White, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2010
Art on the BeltLine, Exhibition of exterior public works along the BeltLine corridor, Atlanta, GA.

2009
Freedom, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
New Paintings, Lawrence Savage Gallery, Miami, FL.

2007
Experimental Prints on Paper, Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Hambidge Art Auction, Puritan Mill, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Comer Art Advisory.
Royal Elastics & The Seventh Letter Crew present “Letters First”, Curated by Known Gallery, Bread & Butter Tradeshow, Barcelona, Spain.
New Paintings, Function, Decatur, GA.
Drawing Outside The Lines, Rialto Center For The Arts, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, Curated by Comer Art Advisory.
Drawings, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2006
Lights Out, Scion Dashboard Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Avidica, Compound, Atlanta, GA.

2005
Letters First Traveling Group Exhibition, RBK Concept Store – Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA – Tokyo, Japan – Taipei, Taiwan.
Writers vs. Riders, Upper Playground Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Another Witty Remark, The Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Environmentalists, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.

2004
Blurry, Retromodern, Atlanta, GA.

2003
Dome Piece, Objex Art Space, Miami, FL.
A Collective Effort, The Forum, Atlanta, GA.
Krylon and Beyond II, YoungBlood Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2002
Mixed Media Installation, 55DSL, Diesel Store, Union Square, New York, NY.
Krylon and Beyond, YoungBlood Gallery, Atlanta, GA.


Selected Commissions

2015
PUBLIC 2015/Northam Silos, Site-specific mural installation on the CBH Group grain silos, curated by FORM, funded by FORM and CBH Group, Northam, Western Australia.
Apple Inc, Site-specific mural commissioned for new retail store barricade, orignial artwork created for limited edition products, commissioned by Apple Inc, Miami, FL.
Facebook Inc, Site-specific mural commissioned for Facebook Global Headquarters, building designed by Frank Gehry, Commissioned by Facebook Inc, Menlo Park, CA.

2014
Wiregrass Museum of Art, INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, site-specific installations, commissioned by the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL.
Madison Theater Building Mural, Detroit, Michigan. Commissioned by Bedrock Real Estate Services and curated by Library Street Collective Gallery.
Commissioned public mural for Columbus State University and Uptown Columbus, Funded by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus, GA.

2013
Commissioned public murals for the Z Lot parking garage and retail space, Curated by Library Street Collective Gallery, Commissioned by Bedrock Real Estate Services, Detroit, MI.
Public mural, commissioned by Property Adventures, Chicago, IL.
Site-specific installation, RVA Fest, Commissioned by Venture Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.
Three commissioned interior walls and one exterior work on wood for B2 Studios, Alton Brown’s new test kitchen and studio, Commissioned by BoxTree Designs and B2 Studios, Atlanta, Ga.
Site-specific interior wall murals, Novartis Corporate Headquarters, Commissioned by Novartis Corporation, East Hanover, New Jersey.
High Museum of Art, Wall Drawing 1, Site-specific installation, Acrylic on wall, Commissioned by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Interior installation on wall for PRPL Digital Creative Agency, Orlando, FL, commissioned by PRPL Creative Agency.
ISIL Institute, Commissioned public mural, Lima, Peru, Sponsored by ISIL Institute Miraflores.
Westside Cultural Arts Center and Fay Gold Gallery, Full building exterior murals, Atlanta, GA, Sponsored by the WCAC.

2012
Elevate, Atlanta, GA, South Broad Mural Project, Sponsored by the City of Atlanta.
700 Delaware, Washington DC, Public Mural, Private Commission.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Interior mural installation, Virginia Beach, VA, Sponsored by MOCA VA.
RVA public mural, Richmond, Virginia, sponsored by Venture Richmond.

2011
Atlanta BeltLine Mural, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Aol, Interior Murals, Orlando, FL, Sponsored by Aol.
Shops Around Lenox, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Healey Weatherholtz Properties.

2010
Atlanta BeltLine Murals, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Artist Project (Public Mural) , Oyster, Virginia. Sponsored by Sam Flax Art & Design and Avondale Arts Alliance.

2009
Hilton Hotels Corporate Collection, Atlanta, Georgia.
Collaboration with Adult Swim and Kia Motors, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Kia Motors and Turner Broadcasting Systems.
Cartoon Network, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System.

2008
Ford Flex, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

2006
Sprite Artist Series, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Coca-Cola.

2003
Scion Artist Series, Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by Toyota Motor Company.

2002
55DSL Store, Union Square, New York City. Sponsored by Frank Magazine and 55DSL.


Public Art Projects

2015
PUBLIC 2015/Northam Silos, Site-specific mural installation on the CBH Group grain silos, curated by FORM, Northam, Western Australia.

2014
Site-specific public installations,INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL.
Public mural, Madison Theater Building, Detroit, MI.
Public mural, Living Walls: The City Speaks Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Public mural, Atlanta BeltLine Public Art Program, Atlanta, GA.
Public mural, Commissioned by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley with the Art Beat Fund, Curated and organized by Columbus State University and Uptown Columbus, Columbus, GA

2013
LOVE, Sculpture installation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
Exterior site-specfic installation on building, Commissioned by Venture Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.
Public mural commissioned for ISIL Institute, funded by ISIL and realized through Morbo Gallery and ISIL, Lima, Peru.

2012
700 Delaware, Public Mural on Historic Church, Washington DC.
South Broad Mural Project, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA.
RVA Public Mural, Canal Walk, Richmond, VA.
Public murals created for the City of Atlanta’s permanent collection of public art, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA.
Public mural, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA.

2011
Public mural, Atlanta BeltLine Public Art Program, Atlanta, GA.
Public murals, Shops Around Lenox, Atlanta, GA.

2010
Public murals, Atlanta BeltLine Public Art Program, Atlanta, GA.
Public murals, Art Basel, Miami, FL.
Public mural, Artist Project, Oyster, VA.

2009
Public mural, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA.

Selected Publications

2015
Unexpected Art, edited by Jenny Moussa Spring, Pg 50-51, HENSE, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.

2014
Wiregrass Museum of Art, HENSE: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Exhibition catalog, Essay by Dana Marie Lemmer, published by the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL.
Graffiti Art Magazine, HENSE, The Urban Contemporary Art Guide 2014, Paris, France.
Detroit Business, Public Artist Livens Up Detroit’s Madison Building with Giant Mural, Daily News, September, 2014.
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Studio Visit, “HENSE,” May 2014.
Wall Street Journal Magazine, Mens Style March 2014, “Detroit Art City,” p. 41.
Experimental Graphics Magazine, “HENSE the Name,” Issue No. 8, 2014, p. 54-57.
Spectrum: A Book Full of Color, Barcelona, Spain, Published by Sylvie Estrada

2013
Feifei Sun, “Artist of the Year: HENSE,” Atlanta Magazine, Best of Atlanta, Visual Arts.
Graffiti Art Magazine, HENSE, The Urban Contemporary Art Guide 2013, Paris, France.
Best Artist With A Big International Presence: HENSE, Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta 2013, Staff Pick
Felicia Feaster, “Alex Brewer, from city streets to gallery walls,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitutution, Go Guide,The Arts, D4.
Sierra Nicole Rhoden, “A Visit with HENSE,” The Seen, Chicago’s International Art & Design Blog, Expo Chicago.
“Monumental Abstraction,” Graffiti Art Magazine, Urban Contemporary Art, Paris, France, Issue 18, pg 8,9,38.
“In Living Color,” The Portfolio, Block Magazine Toronto, Summer 2013, Issue 1, pg 32-37.
Howard Pousner, “High Museum exhibit showcases local artists,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Visual Arts, E1 &E11
Priscilla Frank, “Artist Hense Gives Place Of Worship A Wildly Colorful Makeover,“Huffington Post, Arts & Culture.

2012
Dustin Chambers, “Elevating Atlanta on South Broad Street,” Creative Loafing, Public Art.
Debbie Michaud, “Stop Making HENSE,” Creative Loafing, Visual Arts, p.14-16
Ted Elmore, “Meet me at the murals: HENSE Hangs Loose in Richmond”, RVA News.

2011
Debbie Michaud, “Murals, murals everywhere,” Creative Loafing, Art News, p.28.
Johnny Carroll, Hense: With Paint On His Hands, Process, Purge Atl.
Amy Wenk, “BeltLine Mural Brightens Park Bridge,” Arts, Midtown Patch.
Catherine Fox, “All about mark making,” Atlanta Journal-Constituition, Go Guide, D6
Felicia Feaster, “Street Art Goes Mainstream,” Atlanta Magazine, Arts and Entertainment, p.42.
Felicia Feaster, “Color Scheming in Mark Making in Black and White,” Creative Loafing, Visual Arts.
Anastasia Simon, ” Mark Making In Black And White,” Haute Living Magazine.
Wyatt Williams, “A Few Questions With Hense,” Creative Loafing, Culture Surfing.
Thomas Wheatley, “Drawing the Lines between Vandalism and Art.” Creative Loafing, p. 28-33.

2010
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, November 2010, p. 49.
Christina Steiner, “Local Arts”, Decatur Living Magazine, Fall 2010, p.18.
Creative Loafing, “Best of Atlanta 2010,” Artists, Poets and Madmen.
Teresa Annas, The Virginian-Pilot, “From Clam Plant To Show Place,” Pulse Section, p. 10.
Linda Cicoira, Eastern Shore Post, “New Pearls of Color in Oyster,” p. 5.
Frank 151 Magazine, “The Seventh Letter Issue Profile: HENSE,” p. 122-125.
Catherine Fox, “Project All About Community,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arts Section D5.

2009
Felicia Feaster, “The Write Stuff,” The Atlantan Magazine, p. 40-42.

2008
Felicia Feaster, “Pretty Boys,” The Atlantan Magazine, p. 24.

2007
Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, “Profile: HENSE,” p. 26.
Felicia Feaster, “Tis The Season,” Creative Loafing, p. 12.
Felicia Feaster, “Culture Surfing,” Creative Loafing, p. 41.
Jerry Cullum, “Beauty’s In Details,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arts & Books Section, K6.

2006
Garage Magazine,“HENSE,” Issue 11, p.16-23.
Los Angeles Graffiti, Roger Gastman and Sonja Teri, “HENSE,” p. 55.
Mass Appeal Magazine, “Off The Wall,” Issue 30, p. 106-107.

2004
Supreme Quality, Compiled by Roger Gastman, “AWR-MSK,” p.85-89.

2003
Graphotism, Issue 29, “LA Takedown,” p. 56-58.

2001
Vice Magazine, Volume 8, Number 5, p. 95.

Selected Collections

High Museum of Art
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Facebook Inc
Bedrock Real Estate Services
Meditech Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA
DLA Piper LLC
King & Spalding
Hilton Hotels
Novartis
Holder Construction
PRPL Digital Creative Agency

NEWS

Interview fort the eg magazine: HENSE – From Graffiti to City-Scaled Murals

designboom interviews HENSE about his artistic practice

georgiantrend mentioned HENSE as one of 100 most influential Georgians

HENSE feature in Montréal based Decompoz Magazine

HENSE upcoming project in Atlanta 2017

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