Santa Fe sculptor and resident, self-titled “Connoisseur of Fine Swine” to show his whimsical work at Sorrel Sky Gallery
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SANTA FE, NM: July 25, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of bronze sculptor Michael Henington, whose work brings a bit of whimsy into the lives of the viewer and collector. Although Henington has created numerous pieces of varied subjects, his favorite are pigs because, as he sees it, “they make people happy, they make them smile.”
Michael Henington was born and raised on a ranch in Southern New Mexico, and has enjoyed an exciting journey from his cowboy roots to a career as a professional rodeo producer and television personality. Along the way he realized his deep passion for the arts could no longer remain on the back burner of his life. He first immersed himself in the fine art business by taking on the role as Director of some of the most respected galleries across the Southwest. Spending most of his time with inspiring artists and collectors who appreciated and supported them, his yearning to unleash his own creative talent soon emerged. He began studying process and technique with his friend and acclaimed sculptor Star Liana York. While absorbing the influence of varied aesthetics, Michael soon created a style uniquely his own.
For Michael, living in Santa Fe, and being surrounded by its international marketplace for fine art, keeps him inspired and energized. When in his studio, he finds “the actual creation, the actual process of making it all come together as the most exciting.” Recognizing that people make personal connections with artwork, Michael strives to capture the essence of his subject matter’s individual personalities. Watching people make those connections with a finished piece, seeing it add a little happiness to their world, “it’s so rewarding, it’s everlasting.” Best known for his pig sculptures, he often refers to himself as the “Connoisseur of Fine Swine.” With many of his pigs, he finishes by brightly polishing and sealing the nose, as it is commonly believed that to rub a pig's snout will bring good luck.
Over the past 30 years as a professional artist he has been honored with many awards, accolades, publications and installations. Amongst those who actively collect his work are Alan and Denise Jackson, Pat and Michael Miller, Ronnie and Janine Dunn (Brooks and Dunn), Randy and Elizabeth Travis, Gateway Computers, E-Trade, and others.
To gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells, Henington’s work is deceptively uncomplicated. “When you first encounter a piece from Michael, it would be easy to merely smile and laugh. However, the more time you spend with his work, the more you realize the amount of insight and perception, skill and artistry that Michael invests in each of his subjects. You will smile, and then you will be surprised by its subtle complexity.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.