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David Hennage

David Hennage – 2999 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 910

Artist Statement

The purpose of my art has always been to reflect the essence of being human through the form and gesture of the human figure. I have been sculpting for four decades, at first very part-time while working full-time as a not-for-profit executive. In the past 5 years, while in retirement, I have become more intensely involved in sculpting. My work started out as very naturalistic. I have now moved to creating more abstract figure by modeling directly in wax and plaster. Also, by combining more than one figure in a single work, I have begun telling more complex stories.

During the same four decades that I have been sculpting, I have become more spiritual through the study and the teaching of Eastern spiritual practices that are focused on stilling the mind and tapping onto the wisdom of the body. My practice includes body-centered meditation, yoga, qigong and tai chi. Sculpture is another way of tapping into the wisdom of the body and expressing this wisdom for others to experience and interpret.

My current subject matter is taiji and yoga poses that can be enlarged into public art. The goal is to create energetic and dramatic forms that combine my knowledge of the Eastern movement art forms and an abstract expression of this movement based on my background in physics and math.

Artist Bio

My professional training was as a scientist up to a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Yale U. However, I left the academic world to “save the world” by teaching in Gary West High School in Gary Indiana. For five years, at the end of my 13 years in Gary, I served as Executive Director of the Gary Community Mental Health Center. During that time, I completed an MBA at the then Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in order to be a more effective not-for-profit executive. I served as Executive Director of several educational not-for-profit scientific, engineering, and health organizations.

While I lived in Gary, in 1971, I began studying of sculpture under Mustafa Naguib, the Egyptian national sculptor under Gamal Abdel Nasser, who had recently emigrated to the U. S. and located in NW Indiana. I continued this study at local NW Indiana art organizations up until 1982 when I moved to Chicago. There I studied under local teachers and participated in several gallery shows at Dana Woods Park and an individual show in a gallery in D.C.

In 1993 I moved to Washington, D.C. where I studied sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art and at The Art League of Alexandria, VA where I showed some of my work at the Torpedo Factory Gallery. I retired in 2007 from my last full-time job as Executive Director of the IEEE Computer Society and served for two years in the Peace Corps in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. There I studied woodcarving under a local artist from the island of Ambrym.

Since 2009 I have lived and made art in Long Beach CA. From 2013 – 2015 I studied figurative sculpture at Teals Street Sculpture Studio in Culver City under Adam Matano. Currently I am studying and creating sculpture at CSULB as a Visiting Artist.

Recently, I have been creating that can be scaled up into public art and have formed a partnership, Viv-viD Art, with Vivian Wenhuey Chen to explore sites to install my 3-D and her 2-D art.

Recent Shows (Since retirement and becoming a full-time artist)

David’s Website