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kelsey henderson

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stephen II, 23 3/4″ x 30 1/2″ oil on canvas. 2011
masha bed, 36″ x 54″ oil on canvas. 2009
caitlin standing, 29 1/4″ x 63,” oil on canvas. 2010
betsy, 20″ x 30″, oil on canvas. 2010
Artist's Statement

At first seemingly influenced by fashion photography and photorealism, Kelsey Henderson’s work is a brutally honest study in perception and attraction. Her painting style is comprised of seemingly invisible layers which connect to her subjects like skin. Lying at the heart of her work, the emphasis on the skin enables the artist to continue exploring the idea of the Platonic Crush, an attraction to beauty devoid of sex, ignoring gender and embracing physical and emotional flaws. Using a desaturated palette, these excruciatingly pale portraits become almost translucent; the artist’s perception on and through the subjects’ skin. Bruises, scars, veins and tendons shine through, not as imperfections, but emblems of beauty.


B.F.A. in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design. 2005

“Pallid Spell,” Mahan Gallery, Columbus. 2010
“One Day at a Time,” envoy enterprises, New York. 2009
“Platonic Crush,” Red Door Gallery, Providence. 2005

“This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me,” Fox Art Gallery UPenn, Philadelphia. 2010
“New Works from Emerging Artists in Drawing & Painting” 3rd Ward, Brooklyn. 2010
“Quizotic,” Troutman Studios, Brooklyn. 2009

Additional Projects
“FLY16x9′s Platonic Crush,” MoMA MIXXX, New York. 2009
“Platonic Crush,” (Film) FLY 16×9. “Platonic Crush director Melissa O’Brien chronicles the process of young Brooklyn artist Kelsey Henderson, who photographs then paints her subjects wearing designs by Christian Dior. Ultimately Kelsey makes reference to photographs for her large-scale portraits.” 2009
“Platonic Crush Documentary,” (Film) Melissa O'Brien.