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David Hennage

David Hennage (Studio #?) – 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. During the same four decades that I have been sculpting, I have become more involved in the Eastern movement arts, practicing and teaching yoga, qigong and taiji. I see sculpture and these movement arts are complimentary ways of tapping into the wisdom of the body.

The past two years have been an ever-accelerating journey from naturalistic representational art, to abstract art, and on to performance art. The subject matter is taiji, qigong and yoga poses. The goal is to abstract the energy and movement of these forms using my knowledge of the body combined with my knowledge of physics and math. My current focus is to create public art that combines sculpture and actual performance of taiji on campuses and in parks.

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.

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 2.5-D art.

Recent Shows


  1. Arts Council for Long Beach Microgrant September 2016

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View David’s Video of his Tia Chi Sculpture and Performance Art in Rose Park, LB