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Henry Heading
"Ali" Portrait, Frontal, Monumental, Sculpted Butterfly & Bee, Colors, Oil

2015

$35,000

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“Ali” is a breathtakingly beautiful portrait of a man who was not only the best in his profession, but he was good through his heart, his soul and his spirit. The artist, Henry Heading, has captured all this honor and beauty with oil paint on Masonite. Standing in front of this portrait is comparable to standing in front of the Ghent Altarpiece in St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. There is no sacrilege to this comparison, but to point out the beauty, calm, and honor being exchanged in both instances. Henry is not only a painter, but builds specific frames for each piece and this piece is no exception giving a monumentality to the figure. In the upper left corner is a sculpted wood butterfly and in the upper right corner is a sculpted bee. This is in recognition of the famous quote used to describe Ali: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see." The phrase was often repeated to describe his style in the ring, and became shorthand for the man who considered himself "The Greatest" before the rest of the world cottoned on. This painting will eventually hang in a major world museum. Henry says that, “Painting is like breathing for me. I do so daily and appreciate my gift and ability. Perfection drives me as I create each piece. It must be unique. It must stand out, and is not complete until that special quality is achieved in my eyes.” Being able to create is an essential part of my life. It is an extension of my innermost thoughts and imagination. My primary focus of art is realism--using oils and acrylics. Occasionally, I switch mediums and design and build three dimensional pieces. Working mixed mediums, I use various wood, metal and paint, thus allowing me to achieve the visual effects I am looking for. Many of my pieces have been derived from my attraction to Art Deco and Ethnic designs. I am not satisfied until each piece, regardless of the medium or size, has reached the highest possible level of aesthetic quality and craftsmanship I can give it. I have enjoyed creating art since childhood. While a student at Martin Luther King Jr. high school in Detroit, I created and presented a portrait to then Mayor Coleman A. Young. A scholarship from Center for Creative Studies now the College for Creative Studies afforded me the opportunity to work towards and receive a BA in Fine Arts. Faculty and graduates of CCS include Richard Jerzy, Harry Bertoia, Doug Chaing (currently director of Lucas Film), Stephen Dinehart (game maker, writer, designer connected with The David Lynch Foundation), Tyree Guyton (international artist), Herb Babcock, Jerome Feretti, Kevin Siembieda (writer, designer and publisher of role-playing games), Renee Radell, Philip Pearlstein, Charles McGee (nationally recognized African American sculptor of animal and dancing spirits), Philip Pearlstein (2000 Honorary Doctorate, Modern Realism style), John Louis Krieger (American Modern), William Girard (American Modern), and Charles Culver. Mr. Heading understands the joy found in art and how it affects a young person's heart. He has shared his love for art as a mentor/teacher at the Virgil L. Carr Center in Detroit, Michigan. Students not only grew in their art experience, but also exhibited at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Winning the 2013 MI Great Artist Competition was an honor for him. Mr. Heading has been featured on ASPIRE TV, shows at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the National Conference of Artists and other numerous galleries. In addition, he is a book illustrator. His murals create a beautiful focal point and conversation piece on the walls of homes, churches and health care facilities. His art and furniture is enjoyed and treasured by collectors across the United States and Canada. Kohei Suzuki, the former Mayor of Toyota City, Japan has a box designed by Henry. Mr. Heading's work is part of the major TCF Convention Center's permanent collection located in the downtown business district in Detroit, Michigan. His first attempt at mosaic tile was creating a Tiger sculpture to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the Children's Charities Coalition. The Tiger Town tiger is located in Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Mr. Heading's spare time is spent in his Michigan home studio creating new works, paintings with unique custom framing, treasure boxes, furniture, portraits and commissioned pieces.

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