Tree of Man
''My art investigates the interconnectedness between man and the natural world. This reflects my experiences and background in science and art. In 2016 I relocated my full time art practice from Sydney to the coastal town of Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia. I am now surrounded by rainforest and my artwork reflects the overpowering influence of the natural environment. I am fascinated by recent evidence that forests are living systems, with trees that sense, communicate and respond to stimuli, in a way analogous to our own senses and nervous system. The series of artworks “Tree of Man”, in particular, explores this concept and the extent to which humans are interconnected with nature.
Beric Henderson has an extensive background in both art and science. He received a PhD in 1990 (University of Sydney) and spent 25 years studying the molecular biology of human disease in Australia, Switzerland and Cambridge (UK). As an artist he has been consistently exhibiting and publishing his work since 2003 and moved into art full time in 2016. He has exhibited frequently with 13 solo and 50 group shows since 2003 and his artwork has been shortlisted for numerous art prizes (twice for the London International Creative Competition). He contributed to two
exhibitions held in Seoul, South Korea. Henderson has won some art prizes, presented artist talks at different institutions, and had his art published in international magazines and books and most recently a vinyl record cover for US electronic group Trees Speak. His nature-inspired artworks are held in institutional collections including the New Norcia Religious Art Collection (Western Australia) and Westmead Public Hospital (Sydney).