Beric Henderson has a background in art and science. He was previously a research scientist (PhD in molecular biology, 1990 at University of Sydney and CSIRO), but even then was constantly drawing and painting and he started to exhibit his artwork in 2003. He has contributed to 14 solo and >60 group exhibitions throughout Australia and also in South Korea and Italy. In 2016 he relocated from Sydney to the coastal town of Port Macquarie to experiment with art full time. His artworks are now heavily influenced by the extreme biodiversity of his environment, and by his proximity to the ocean and rainforest. His art explores the fragile beauty of nature and our complex connections with the natural environment. A curious interplay of science and spirituality pervades his art, which typically is rich in detail and ideas. In the last few years he has held two solo shows at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery (Port Macquarie) and was shortlisted three times for the Mandorla Religious Art Prize (2016,2018,2020) in Perth, WA (including a Highly Commended Prize in 2020). His intricate ocean drawings have been shortlisted several times for national prizes including the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (2020,2021, Sydney) and the Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize (2020,2021, Noosa, QLD). His artworks are held in several collections, including two paintings in the New Norcia Religious Art Collection (WA). In 2019 he contributed five paintings to the art-science exhibition “Equilibrium” at Palazzo Albrizzi during the Venice Biennale (June-July 2019). In 2021 his paintings on exhibit at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney) received special mention on The Science Show with Robyn Williams (ABC Radio National).
Henderson experiments in his studio with 2D and 3D painting techniques, drawing, and light-based art to explore the delicate balance of life on Earth.