John Raymond Henry

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Jaguar, by Henry, at Devonian Park for the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale

John Raymond Henry (born 1943) is an internationally renowned sculptor.[1] Since 1971, Henry has produced many monumental and large-scaled works of art for museums, cities and public institutions across the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has created some of the largest contemporary metal sculpture (90 to 100 feet (27 to 30 m) high) in the United States, and his sculpture is designed, engineered, fabricated, and erected by his own studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Henry's sculpture has been described as huge welded steel drawings. He arranges linear and rectilinear elements that appear to defy gravity and float. Many suggest a moment of arrested motion where flying or tumbling elements are frozen. There is a simple elegance and an unexpected sense of immediacy and lightness in his work.

Henry was a founding member of ConStruct, an artist-owned gallery that promoted and organized large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the United States. Other founding members include Mark di Suvero, Kenneth Snelson, Lyman Kipp, and Charles Ginnever. Henry continues to curate exhibitions in the United States and in Europe, drawing on his nationally recognized expertise regarding sculptors and their work. He was also Chairman Emeritus of the International Sculpture Center and on the board of YoungArts in Miami for 25+ years.


1943 Born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA
1969 BFA - School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1978-1980 - President/Chairman of ConStruct [2]
1996 Honorary Doctor of Arts - University of Kentucky
2001-2 Chairman - International Sculpture Center
2003 Kentucky Governor's National Award
2004 Mayor’s Award of Distinction in the Arts - City of Chattanooga
2005 A block of Cermak Road in Chicago honorarily named John Henry Way by the City of Chicago[citation needed]

Monumental Sculptures and Public Works

United States

District of Columbia








  • Sun Target #2, 1974, City Art Museum, Springfield
  • Treemonisha, 2008, Lafayette Ave at Truman Pkwy, St. Louis


New Jersey

New York

North Carolina







  1. ^ Barnes, Valerie (10 December 1978). "Sculpture: A Listing; For Morris County". New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2011. The sculpture, 69 feet long by 24 feet high, was executed by John Raymond Henry.
  2. ^ Staff (2013). "John Henry- Monumental Metal Sculptures". (A New Leaf Gallery). Retrieved 18 February 2013.
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