Born in the Netherlands in 1955, Hendrik "Henk" moved to Eastern Canada in 2001 with his wife to live in her native Maritime homeland and settled in beautiful Upper Gagetown, New Brunswick.
Inspired by ever moving clouds, landscapes with unreachable horizons and the loneliness of a single barn or farmhouse, Henk painted impressions of skies above imaginary fields since 2008. A self taught artist, he was continually developing his technique and gained many admirers and avid collectors. His work is in private collections throughout North America and abroad in Sweden, Switzerland, France, Great Britain and the United States. His work is also included in the New Brunswick Art Bank. His artwork was featured on the cover of the July 2012 issue of Canadian House and Home magazine.
Henk Gringhuis passed away on March 4, 2014 after a brave battle with cancer.
Nothing is taller, more open than the sky. We want to look up at the sky but the sky begins at the earth we are standing on. Looking at my work is like entering open spaces, in which you can wander but not for long because you want to stand still and look at the sky and the clouds creating, erasing and recreating themselves. The horizon is visible but every step towards the end of the field will lead you to a new end. The buildings have no doors to go inside, no windows to look outside; they tell the story of occupants, who once surrounded by the emptiness, abandoned their homestead to move away past the horizon, leaving their land behind more empty.
My work evokes a calm feeling of loneliness and it gives a perception of not being confined. Based partly on the evocative Dutch countryside and also influenced by fanciful Canadian landscape traditions, I create contemporary skies and non-existing landscapes.
Henk Gringhuis, 2013