Rest In Peace: Henry C. Porter

It has just been brought to my attention that on April 28, 2009 Henry C. Porter passed.  I want to offer our condolences to the Porter family and also apologize to the readers of this blog for overlooking the passing of this tremendous African American artist.  Below you will find a biography of Henry C. Porter and samples of some of his work.

Henry C. Porter Bio

Henry C. PorterHenry C. Porter was born in Bishopville, SC in 1921 and lived most of his life in New York and Georgia.  He entered Morgan State University on a football scholarship in 1940 and was drafted into the army while in college.  Henry later resumed his education, studying painting at the Academy of Arts in Newark, NJ, and graphic design and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  For the next thirty years he operated his own freelance graphic studio in New York City, winning awards and corporate contracts for his point-of-sale displays, costumes, and packaging design.  At this time, Henry also embarked on a career as a fine artist, a calling to which he would devote himself to full-time after moving to Kennesaw, GA in 1980.  As an artist he found acclaim for his polished figurative paintings and his highly charged abstracts on Plexiglas.

Henry Porter has had numerous gallery, institution, and museum shows that include the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Harriet Tubman Museum in Macon, GA.,  displays at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA., and exhibits at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.

Henry C. Porter will be remembered as a man who had strong convictions and who was ever looking for the next challenge.

Henry C. Porter Art

Below you will find some samples of art by the late and great Henry C. Porter.  The title of these prints are Bejewled, Head Two Figures and Nerfertiti.

Bejeweled by Henry C. PorterHead Two Figures by Henry C. Porter

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  • Ellen Joy Wanjiru

    I own a signed giclee of Pondering. Henry Porter will forever live on through his amazing art.