“Great things begin in silence. Find power in reflection, and the depth that follows, for it is there, that you will discover your life’s poetry.” -Henry Asencio
We are all consumed by the dichotomies of life. Sometimes splendid contradictions, other times tumultuous oppositions. We look within ourselves, and seek peace. It is necessary to retrieve ourselves from the constant chaos of life because one must rest to be invigorated to face challenges and move forward. In the same manner, an artist must contemplate to create. It is this notion that contemporary artist Henry Asencio strives to communicate in his latest work, “Quiescence”.
Like all of Asencio’s masterful works, we are but spectators, voyeurs, if you will, into a private world of sensual reverie. Profound in his visual language, Asencio’s female nudes are painted energy. “Quiescence” is a composition of classical stylization as his muse reclines spanning the entire length of the canvas. Color accentuates the glow of her skin. The masterful modeling of his paint adds an unsurpassed richness and depth to his work. We are sedated by Asencio’s ability to capture beauty, and in the moment, we find ourselves enjoying respite.