Wiregrass Museum of Art


Wiregrass Museum of Art

October 17th-December 27th 2014

Alex Brewer, known as HENSE, utilizes unique color and composition in his installations to evoke a bold presence in the varied spaces they inhabit. INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, a multi-faceted exhibition organized by the Wiregrass Museum of Art, serves to introduce audiences to his long and successful career as an abstract painter. The exhibition combines site-specific installation, painting and works on paper both inside and outside of the traditional museum space.

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR explores Brewer’s process as related to site-specific installations in interior and exterior spaces. This is done through a gallery exhibition consisting of site-specific wall drawing, works on paper, and wood-cut shapes, and three exterior components including a billboard and two painted building facades. The exhibition is an exploration of his commitment to producing purely abstracted works by combining elements of art that are absent of representational references. As a result, the artist creates elegant compositions saturated with bold colors and lively movement of fluid forms and gestures. Along with a dialogue of spontaneous mark-making, the artist explores the relationships of these elements through his combined experience in the street and studio.

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, HENSE began his career painting and writing on the walls around the city. Since then, he has produced numerous public works worldwide. He combines the techniques of graffiti with the formal language of abstract painting incorporating line, form and gesture to create abstract compositions invigorated by the fast pace and culture of the street.

His works in the realm of public art, and cross-media connections have landed him local, national, and international attention. Brewer has received numerous notable commissions from the city of Atlanta and throughout the United States. His largest commissioned work was for The ISIL Institute in Lima, Peru amassing an impressive size of 137 feet tall and 170 feet wide.

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support by the City of Dothan, Houston County Commission, Push Crank Press, Durden Outdoor Displays and AGF Machinery.

Madison Theater Building

​I just returned from Detroit, Michigan working on a big commissioned public project with Library Street Collective Gallery. My assistant and I painted a 100x100 foot wall in the heart of downtown Detroit on the side of Bedrock Real Estates Madison Theater Building. It’s over 6 stories tall. The project took almost 3 weeks of working and over 100 gallons of paint.

Special thanks to Library Street Collective and Bedrock for this opportunity and Peter Pone for all the help with the painting.

Photographs by Sal Rodriguez

Drawings, Paintings and Shapes

​Upcoming Solo Exhibition

HENSE: Drawings, Paintings and Shapes

Reynolds Gallery

July 10th -August 29th 2014

Richmond, Virginia

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10th 7-9pm

Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Drawings, Paintings and Shapes, an
exhibition by Alex Brewer aka HENSE. The show will open with a reception on Thursday, July
10 and will continue through August 29, 2014. This is HENSE’s first solo exhibition at Reynolds

Alex Brewer aka HENSE is perhaps best known for his large-scale public mural paintings. He
began his career humbly – as a graffiti artist painting the streets of Atlanta in the 1990s.
Overtime, he gained notoriety under his street name HENSE. He immersed himself in street art
culture, which combined with his formal art education and experience assisting professional
artists led him to develop his own style. He uses highly saturated color, juxtaposes linear,
geometric, and gestural marks to create works that are as beautiful as they are dynamic, and as
challenging as they are enjoyable.

HENSE pushes color theory and abstraction to its maximum through painting, spraying, and
drawing multiple layers of expressionist marks in his murals, paintings, and works on paper. He
employs many of the tools of graffiti artists including sprayers, rollers, and house paints. Yet, he
pushes these common tools out of their everyday uses to create sophisticated works of art both
public and personal. For his exhibition at Reynolds Gallery, HENSE will paint an interior mural
as well as display a group of unique paintings on paper and larger-scale works on canvas.

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