Heinz Henghes

Heinz Henghes was born in Hamburg in 1906.

At an early age he went to America where he befriended artists and poets. Isamu Noguchi was an early influence on Henghes, causing him to experiment in sculpture.

From America Henghes went at the invitation of Ezra Pound to Rapallo in Italy where his love of working with Carrara marble developed.

Heinz Henghes

Henghes moved briefly to Switzerland, and then on to England in 1937. During the war he was in Australia for a period. On his return to England he wrote on current affairs for the BBC.

Henghes taught at the Royal College of Art under Frank Dobson and had various international exhibitions.

In 1954 Henghes moved to the south of France where he worked for a number of years returning to England to take up the post of Head of Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. On his retirement Henghes returned to France where he died in 1975.

Throughout his working life Heinz Henghes came into contact with Artists from diverse 'schools'. Early contacts were with the Surrealists including Man Ray and Ernst. When in Italy for a time Henghes enjoyed the patronage of Ezra Pound. Pound was also patron to other Artists including Gaudia Brezka. During this time Henghes befriended the Princess di San Faustino (Kay Sage), and later introduced her to her second husband Yves Tanguy. When in England Henghes naturally came into contact with many of the leading Artists of the day.

Despite many friendships in the art world, no working associations developed which might have tempted Henghes to cast his lot in with a particular 'school' of art.  Henghes moved with the times, and although his work is always distinctive his materials and approach changed through the decades.

In 1972 Theo Crosby wrote "For a sculptor imbued with stone carving...Henghes has, because of his involvement with teaching, been constantly aware and concerned with this process of change... In all his sculptures there remains the preoccupation with sensuality, with the wonderful ambiguity of the human figure, with the translation of sensibility into image".

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