Troy Henriksen is an American visual artist of Norwegian origin. His optimistic style, close to free figuration, plunges into a dream, reflecting an imagination nourished by memories and aspirations. Cities. Cars. Personalities: Marilyn, Rimbaud, the Indian Sitting Bull, Gandhi, James Dean, etc. Allegories: hearts, or the same personalities who are each in their own way symbols. What they have in common is the brightness of colour that makes life so much more joyful.
His taste for painting comes from his childhood as an apprentice fisherman. On the water, with his senses in the spotlight, Troy admires the sky, the sun. Back ashore, he saw his colleagues entertaining themselves by painting on boat hulls.
He became a long-distance fisherman until he was twenty-eight years old, when the desire for stability took precedence over adventure. After a few equivocal experiences with narcotics, Troy rediscovers life in a new light. Thanks to... a can of yellow paint, put there in his Boston apartment.
From that moment on, Troy became more interested in the history of painting: abstract expressionism, surrealism, Dadaism, impressionism, then the Beat generation, German expressionists and the Bauhaus. Chicago, Los Angeles, New York mark Troy's journey. There, Troy discovered France. Through a copy of The Little Prince, which his friend Helen Frankenthaler gave him and through Rimbaud, whose photograph struck him as similar to him. These encounters, both fortuitous and formative, pushed Troy to leave the United States for Paris.
1998: Paris. France promised him new meetings. Especially that of his future gallery owner, Eric Landau. His career took off when his permanent presence at Galerie W allowed him to reach a wider audience.
His works are shown in Paris and throughout France, London, Brussels and the United States.
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