Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2018 Henry Lipkis

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Henry Lipkis

New Orleans, LA
Early Art Practitioner AIR

Henry Lipkis is a mural painter who works on large scale culturally focused projects. After studying illustration, he spent some years as a traveler painting at street art festivals and creating murals on beautiful old walls around the world for families, businesses, and local municipalities. Much of his work is focused on exploring the edges of humanity, tradition, and magic and where they all grow into one another.

Since settling in New Orleans, Lipkis has collaborated with the 9th Ward Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs (9 times, CTC Steppers, Big 9) in creating a massive second-line mural on St. Claude. He has also worked intensively with Mardi Gras Indians to concept and draw out the illustrations and stories underneath their intricate layers of glass beadwork. While continuing to work collaboratively with culture bearers, Lipkis is exploring concepts of growth and decay, and how old things continue to sprout new life.

  • Third Line, June, 2016, exterior latex paint, aerosol, 170 x 35 feet

  • Iron Horse, February 2016, exterior latex paint, aerosol, 8  x 9 feet

  • Cello Man, July 2016, exterior latex paint, aerosol, 2.5 x 9 feet, Strasbourg, France

  • Prairie Fire, September 2014, exterior latex paint, aerosol, 10 x 35 feet, Sydney, Australia

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.