Beric Henderson

Short Bio
Beric Henderson has a background in art and science (PhD in biology, University of Sydney 1990). His art explores both physical and philosophical aspects of creation and how we as humans connect with the world around us.
Beric’s art practice centres on painting and drawing, and his recent projects focus largely on environmental themes that include the impact of climate change on nature and the oceans.
He has contributed to >80 exhibitions throughout Australia, South Korea, Venice and Switzerland since 2003. His work has been shortlisted for exhibition in many national art prizes, most recently the prestigious 2024 Waterhouse natural science art prize (South Australian Museum, Adelaide).
This year, Beric’s artwork can be seen in five separate group exhibitions throughout Australia during May-June 2024, and in two solo exhibitions in Dec 2024.
His work is currently held in various collections including the New Norcia Museum religious art collection (WA) and the Figure1A science art collection in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2019 he contributed to an art-science exhibition at Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice and in 2022/2024 his art won audience favourite awards during exhibition in Lausanne.

Artist Statement
I relocated to Port Macquarie from Sydney in 2016. I wanted to immerse myself in nature and experience the coastal environment. It is such an amazing place - I have spent the last several years developing my own visual language and my art explores our relationship with nature and the oceans.
Recent highlights of my art life:
2017 and 2019: Solo exhibitions at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery.
2019: Spending 11 days in Venice to install and promote five paintings contributed to a group exhibition on the environment and climate change.
2023: Spending 3 weeks in Hobart as Artist-in-residence at the Salamanca Artist Cottage, and preparing for my upcoming Oceans exhibitions in Hobart and Taree late in 2024.

Artist CV
Beric is an artist currently residing in Port Macquarie. He has a background in art and science and experiments with painting and drawing to explore creation, the nature of life and our physical and spiritual connections with the world around us.

Selected Solo exhibitions
2024. “Oceans” Manning Gallery, Taree (NSW) (Nov 2024 – Jan 2025) and SAC, Hobart (Dec 2024)
2019. “Symmetry of Nature” Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie (NSW)
2017. “Cosmographica” Glasshouse Regional Gallery (Feb-Mar)
2015. “Cosmographica” Carlton Project Space, Chippendale (Oct-Nov)
2015. “What Dreams May Come” Gallery Mercure, Potts Point (June 2015)
2013. "The Edge of Reality" Gallery Mercure, Potts Point (5 Dec 2012 -18 Mar 2013)
2012. "The Edge of Reality" at Sydney Art Expo, Hordern Pavillion (Sept, Stand A08)
2010. "Dangerous Dreams" Hurstville City Museum and Gallery, Sydney
2009. “Sideshow” at Arthouse Hotel, Sydney (Dec 2009-Jan 2010)
2006. "Searching for Enlightenment" Wallspace Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney

Selected Art Prize finalist (juried selection process, from 2010 shown)
2024. Lethbridge Landscape Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2024. Remagine Sustainability and Environment Art Prize, Hornsby, Sydney
2024. EQUS Quantum Art Prize, Sydney
2024. Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Museum of SA, Adelaide
2023/2022. Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize, Docklands, Melbourne
2023. Lethbridge Landscape Prize, Brisbane
2022. Halloran Maritime Museum Art Prize, Jervis Bay, NSW
2022. Lake Art Prize, Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie NSW
2022/2018/2011. Lethbridge 20000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2021/2020/2012/2011. Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, PLC Croydon, Sydney
2021/2020. Lyn McCrae Memorial Drawing Prize, Noosa, QLD
2020. Jacaranda Drawing Award (JADA), Grafton, NSW (touring in 2021)
2020. Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize, Swan Hill, VIC
2020/2018/2016. Mandorla Religious Art Prize (Stala Contemporary), Perth
2019. Korea Australia Art Foundation (KAAF) Art prize, Sydney (semi-finalist)
2017. Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize (online finalist), Brisbane
2015/2014/2013. Chapel on Station Religious Art Prize, Melbourne
2015/2014. New World Art Prize, Chippendale Sydney
2014. Korea Australia Art Foundation (KAAF) Art prize, Sydney
2014. Port Macquarie Easter Art Prize (Winner, Open category)
2013. Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2012/2010. St George Art Prize, Hurstville Museum, Sydney

Selected Curated Group Shows (invited)
2024/2022 Art-science exhibition presented by Figure1a organisation, Lausanne Switzerland
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