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The artist michael t. hensley in his studio
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Michael Hensley is an American artist, based in Portland, Oregon, who studied at Pacific Northwest College of Art and received his BA from Portland State University. Working in both public art through murals, as well as painting on a smaller scale, his most recent works incorporate an incredible variety of materials, including house paint, spray paint, pencil, collage, crayon, paint pens and even dirt from the garden. His imagery is largely autobiographical, taking the form of an almost graffiti like abstract style, where layer upon layers of different media are built up. These dense layers are formed using a spontaneously called upon broad bank of mark, glyph and image, with the end result revealing a deeper meaning. A review of his 2015 show at Atlanta’s Sandra Marks Gallery notes, “Overlapping marks are built up quite heavily on these panels. Scrawls, drips, inscriptions, brush strokes, smears, and doodles are layered upon each other.” 

Hensley has painted a number of highly visible murals and public art works including three murals for Outside/In, designs for Tri-Met bus shelters and a youth mural project along Interstate’s light rail line. As well as his public murals, Hensley’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the of Oregon Health and Science University, City of Portland Portable Works Collection, Modera Hotel, Microsoft and Twitter. He has frequently shown at Blackfish Gallery and Mark Woolley Gallery in Portland. 

The artist michael t. hensley in his studio
michael t. hensley

Michael Hensley is an American artist, based in Portland, Oregon, who studied at Pacific Northwest College of Art and received his BA from Portland State University. Working in both public art through murals, as well as painting on a smaller scale, his most recent works incorporate an incredible variety of materials, including house paint, spray paint, pencil, collage, crayon, paint pens and even dirt from the garden. His imagery is largely autobiographical, taking the form of an almost graffiti like abstract style, where layer upon layers of different media are built up. These dense layers are formed using a spontaneously called upon broad bank of mark, glyph and image, with the end result revealing a deeper meaning. A review of his 2015 show at Atlanta’s Sandra Marks Gallery notes, “Overlapping marks are built up quite heavily on these panels. Scrawls, drips, inscriptions, brush strokes, smears, and doodles are layered upon each other.” 

Hensley has painted a number of highly visible murals and public art works including three murals for Outside/In, designs for Tri-Met bus shelters and a youth mural project along Interstate’s light rail line. As well as his public murals, Hensley’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the of Oregon Health and Science University, City of Portland Portable Works Collection, Modera Hotel, Microsoft and Twitter. He has frequently shown at Blackfish Gallery and Mark Woolley Gallery in Portland.