An internationally known architect, who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Richard Henriquez has carried on a parallel artistic practice for decades. Produced as an end in itself, as well as architectural research, this body of work that is being exhibited is informed by history, both real and invented: the surreal, anomalies of scale, the bible, and the expression of human ritual.
The artist has had a longstanding fascination with wooden tri-pods, he collects and has artistically modified dozens of them. Originally used to support cameras and surveying instruments, these structurally stable and transportable devices, when in Henriquez’s hands, become lively sculptures and imaginative inventions, they substitute the scientific and technical for the intuitive and poetic.
Henriquez has been awarded numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the highest honour that can be bestowed an architect in Canada. In 2009, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, was conferred on Henriquez by Simon Fraser University. Henriquez has lectured and been widely published in North and South America, and in Europe. His work is held in private collections, as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the latter holding over 7,000 pieces.
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Tower of Babel I, 2012
Backlit Digital Print on Acrylic
30″ x 40″
The Trumpet, 2012
Mixed Media, (detail)
18″ x 18″ x 62″