Garth Henderson

Garth Henderson pioneers the 3D digital front of Australian botanical art. For 15 years, Henderson’s work has been straddling the real and the virtual. Instead of giving over to algorithmic processes, plant species are digitally sculpted by the hand and eye to form intricately detailed studies. Banksia species have become a signature theme, in which he has explored the geometrical constructs of these iconic botanical forms. Produced as a series of large format limited edition prints, each work arrests the viewer by challenging perceptions with the subtly hyperreal interpretations of the familiar. 'I am primarily interested in organic structure, in particular the unique and evolving mathematical permutations of Australian flora. My philosophy is to visually dispense with the scientific and cultural 'restrictions' of traditional botanical studies, and approach the subject matter with a focus on form and geometry. I have created these works as a visual investigation of their complexity: plant species as organic architecture. My creative tools utilise 3D modelling and sculpting software, and virtual studio photography.' Garth Henderson, 2019