Monthly Archives: November 2013

Glen Cooper Henshaw’s “Boats at Sunset”

Of all the works by Glen Cooper Henshaw, his oil paintings are hard to find because there are very few. We will be offering an oil on canvas titled “Boats at Sunset” in our American and Indiana Art Auction, November 17, 2013 at 1pm.

The title is attributed to an inscription (probably added later) that is found on the back of the frame. While sunsets and boats are common themes among his works, it is my belief that this painting is not of a sunset, but rather of a funerary ritual in which the dead were buried with their ship. When you examine the magnificent pillar of gold and orange that some have interpreted to be a sunset, you’ll notice that it sinks deeper into the structure of the boats than a reflection. It climbs higher than a sun pillar in a vertical blaze that terminates in smoke that blends with dark clouds, yet this flame is not shared across the horizon line. On close inspection, the horizon line and the sky above it, are dark and somber- smoldering with bluish black clouds.

Henshaw had written of a funerary boat ritual he observed while in Italy. He spoke of how he thought he was painting a boat scene, but as the subject floated closer, he realized it was in fact a ritual burial of the deceased. This experience brought an emotional response and forever changed the way he painted. His characteristic style was born in this moment. This experience is responsible for the atmosphere in his paintings that seem to hang on the macabre, the beautiful, and the elusive. They borrow from shades of evening, of darkness, of life drawn in bright staccato rhythms contrasted by darkness, obscurity, as well as the unforeseen reality that is just beyond.

Henshaw’s effort to grasp the duality of mortality and life through his landscapes reveal more than just a ‘stylistic’ technique. There is a sublime intention behind his brush or pastel strokes. He was not merely making ‘pretty pictures’ of landscapes and boats. His style speaks emphatically towards something deeper and subliminal. He’s searching out the meaning of life and it’s absence. He’s seeking to capture the dichotomy of the mortal and immortal within the natural world. He leaves us with a sense of occultation, foreshadow, imagination, and wonder.

I am doubtful that these are merely, ‘boats at sunset’. Glen Cooper Henshaw’s work is an expression of the duality between the sublime and the common place; the obscure and the  tangible world; the natural and spiritual.


American & Indiana Artist Auction

Public Auction of Indiana & American Artwork
Sunday, November 17th at 1:00pm
Previews: Friday, November 15th from 1-6pm, open at 11:00am day of the auction.
Location: 617 E. North St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Directions:  Easy access off I-70, from Monument Circle go 6 blocks north on Meridian, then 6 blocks east to “Arch at Chatham”, 1/2 block west of College

INDIANA and AMERICAN ARTISTS featured: Wayman Adams, Ruth Anderson, George Baum, Gustave Baumann, Robert Berkshire, Riley Bertram, C. Curry Bohm, Louis W. Bonsib, Beulah Brown, Francis F. Brown, Edmund  Brucker, E. L. Bryant, June Burkholder, Ruthven H. Byrum, V.J. Cariani, Paul Conner, Ralph Craig, Harry A. Davis, Homer G. Davisson, Charles Dahlgreen, Orrin Draver, James Eccles, Ron Elkins, Espenlaub, Walter E. Eyden, W. A. Eyden, Gordon W. Fiscus,  Hazel Craig Fowler, Carl Graf, Genevieve Goth Graf, L.O. Griffith, Hartley, B. Hatton, Glen Cooper Henshaw, W.H. Hopper, Reba Hummel, Art Humpal, Harriet Jefferies, Jessamine Johnson, Al LaToor, Ethel Lomasney, Carl Lotick, J. P. Marsh, Evelyn McConnell, Gordon Benjamin Mess, Jane Messick, Thad Miller, Alfred Montgomery, Grace Leslie Motz, Nancy Noel, Maurice F. Perrot,  Grace S. Pettijohn,  Frederick Polley, Kaye Pool,  Paul Randall,  Frederick W. Rigley, Jacob Royer, James Russell, Sister Mary Rufina, Dorothy Schiller, Robert Selby, Reynolds L. Selfridge, Alberta R. Shulz, Adolph R. Shulz, Edward R. Sitzman,  Derk Smit, William McKendreee Snyder, Otto Stark,  C. W. Staley, Dwight Steinbarger, Harry R. Townsend, Louis C. Vogt, Mabel Mikel Williams,  Helen Woodward, John Zwara and others artists.  We will be selling second session of the Ron Elkins estate, to include:  30 works, art supplies, frames & art book collection!

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          Terms:  Cash, Check with ID, Credit Card 10% Buyer’s Premium 7% Indiana State Sales Tax

Auctioneers: Bryan Jackson, CAI/CES/GPPA-d, Dennis Jackson, CAI/CES/AARE, Michele Jackson, CAI & Travis Wilson, GPPA-d

“America’s Premiere Auctioneers of Indiana Art!”

Call Bryan (317) 340-1604 or Dennis (317) 797-2117 with any questions or if you have high end artwork that you might consider selling at public auction.