Irish Artist Directory

Grace Henry (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: Grace Henry

Lived: 1868 - 1953

Categories: Rural, Seascapes, Landscapes and Floral

Artist Biography

Grace Henry (nee Mitchell) was born in comfortable surroundings to a Church of Scotland Minister, the second youngest of ten children. She lived and studied in London, Brussels and Paris where she met and married Paul Henry in 1903.They returned to England and lived in Surrey for several years, both deeply influenced by the avant garde Post Impressionist mood of the time. As a couple they spent almost a decade from 1912 living on Achill Island, a career defining period for both of them, but particularly for her husband. The seeds of separation were sown in these years, as Grace began to travel frequently to Dublin and London and to exhibit separately in Belfast in the 1920s.They founded the Dublin Painters Society with 6 other artists in 1920 but by the mid 1920s had separated from each other, although they never divorced.

In the 1930s she spent more of her time abroad but continued to show her work in Irish art exhibitions. During the Second World War she returned to the west of Ireland, and exhibited regularly at galleries in Dublin and at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Her bold use of paint and fluid brushstrokes simplified the composition of her paintings to its essential elements, leaving at their core the humanity and humble spirit of the figures within them, so often inspired by the noble islanders she came across on Achill.

Her works are included in major collections such as the National Gallery of Ireland, Hugh Lane Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Ulster Museum and Crawford Gallery. 

Grace Henry's work featured in Adam's loan exhibition:

'Irish Women Artist's: 1870-1970'. Please click here to view the catalogue. 

'A Celebration of Irish Art and Modernism' (2011). Please click here to view the catalogue.

'Ireland: Her People and Landscape' (2012). Please click here to view the catalogue.

Currently On Sale at Adam's

Lot 8

Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) Lac d'Annecy Oil on canvas, 50 ...

Estimate Price €4,000.00 - €6,000.00

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Grace Henry Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) Lenno, Lake Como (c.1932/'33) Oil on panel, 28 x 35.5cm (11 x 14'') ...

Hammer Price €8,700.00

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Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) Boat Coming in to Harbour, Chioggia Oil on card, 28 x 35cm (11 x 14'')

Hammer Price €8,600.00

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Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) Ennistymon, Co. Clare Oil on canvas, 50 x 60cm (19.75 x 23.75'') Sig...

Hammer Price €8,000.00

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Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) Boats in Harbour, Chioggia Oil on card, 28 x 35cm (11 x 14'')

Hammer Price €6,500.00

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GRACE HENRY HRHA (1868-1953) Woman of Connemara Oil on canvas, 42 x 36cm Signed

Hammer Price €6,500.00

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