With more than 25 years’ experience replicating great works of art, David Henty is one of the leading copyist artists worldwide.
David Henty’s history as a copyist artist starts, appropriately enough, with a conviction for forgery in the mid-1990s. It was while serving the resulting prison sentence that David was inspired to start painting by a rekindled passion for art. He was quickly seduced by the technicality of copying and, having honed his craft over 25 years, he is now considered one of the leading copyist painters worldwide. He has mastered the techniques and idiosyncrasies of some of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ most iconic artists, from Amedeo Modigliani to Pablo Picasso.
Each piece involves rigorous preparation through David’s immersive research process: studying the original painting, developing an understanding of how the artist worked and, wherever possible, sourcing materials true to the period.
David explains that his paintings are a very different discipline to producing original artwork, and it is no mean feat – copying is notoriously difficult. But he relishes the technical challenge of mastering an artist’s style. It is only once he has an affinity with an artist, once he has ‘connected’ with them, that he will attempt to emulate their style. This means that David’s preparation for a painting begins before his brush even touches canvas.
David Henty’s copies may not have the history and provenance of the original works of art, but each comes with its own unique narrative as a ‘David Henty’ painting. Recent press attention from the likes of The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Express and high-profile appearances on Sky News and BBC Radio 4 just to mention a few, confirm a mounting interest in David Henty’s artwork and a renewed appreciation for the skill involved in the creation of his impeccable copies.
David’s work is proving highly collectable and demand is high so please contact the gallery to arrange an early viewing.