Henry Mandell

Basic Info

Name: Henry Mandell
Country of Origin: US


I have a very active mind.  My consciousness is preoccupied with a lifelong pursuit of figuring out how things work.  Because when I was young I was taught a bunch of junk.  How does life actually work?  Nobody knows, but a lot of insightful smart people have found keys.

Making art or thinking about making art I’m using those keys by intuition or strategy to make pictures that have those mysteries inside them.  There are lots of keys, patterns, vibrations and emanations.  

Its pretty clear that patterns have their own rationale.  But something comes through thats all around us.  Thats in us.  I’m always looking for this, aiming to put it in the work.  Abstraction is the language of these patterns and is the language of my paintings.  

There’s a lot I could say about technique, but technique is secondary to the success of an artwork.  All that matters, does the artwork have an essential key in the fabric of the picture. 


I’m from New York City and work there presently.  Received a BFA in Fine Art from Ithaca College then studied art at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York City.  I am also Project Manager for The Estate of Mark Rothko, establishing digital archives of the artist’s artworks and photographs as well as managing reproductions and licensing of Rothko’s work in support of The Collections of Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

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excerpt from the artist’s website regarding this work: “What appears in these paintings as free form linear abstractions are also actually pages of text, reference materials and poetry transformed by hand, line by line using digital tools into the final artworks. That gives them a hidden time based reality, so that if you could run […]

Superstrings 1-2

signed lower left on the front titled, dated, and numbered: 4/10 on the back of the frame “For Michael Spalter” written on the back of the frame Ultrachrome inkjet on Hahnemühle ultra smooth paper