Henry Mandell was born in New York City, and continues to live and work there, making abstract artworks with unusual methods of his own design. Using digital tools, stories and text become transformed into abstractions. Some groups of artworks are composed from text, which is transformed into patterns from the outlines of all the letters. Stories, data, news, poetry anything transcribed can be a starting point.
The artist works by hand without automation, using digital tools to re-purpose the text. The work oscillates between a sense of the text (a sense that is without a direct reference, since the text can no longer be discerned) and the originality of the shapes. Other groups of works are built up from lines and geometric shapes. Tension, vibration and compression are some ways he could describe the actions he uses to engage with marks, lines and patterns that get pushed or tuned and become paintings.
In 2012, the artist's painting "Tamahagane" was acquired by The Museum Of Fine Arts Boston for their permanent collection. In 2014, he received a mural commission from The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina.
In addition to his Fine Art practice, he is also Project Manager for The Estate of Mark Rothko. His work there covers the creation of digital archives of Rothko’s artwork and historical records, overseeing reproductions of the Artist’s artwork as well as management of licensing. Henry received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Ithaca College, and went on to study at Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York City.