Click on the photo to hear Henry Mandell discuss Tatara Fire and his studio practice

I am preoccupied with a lifelong pursuit of understanding what it means to be a human being.  Through observation and learning from those insightful smart people who have found keys though art, science and intuition, I have freed myself of most of the junk I was taught as a child.
Making art or thinking about making art I’m using those keys to make pictures that have some semblance of the world in them.  There are keys everywhere within patterns, vibrations and emanations and all creatures here embrace them in their own way.  
Its pretty clear that patterns have their own rationale.  Abstraction is the language of these patterns and that's where I'm focused.  
There’s a lot I could say about technique and pushing boundaries with tools, but technique is secondary to the success of an artwork.  All that matters, does the artwork emulate or even have within it, an essential key in the fabric of the picture. 

I was born in New York City and presently my primary studio is in the Pacific Northwest, with production facilities in New York City and Los Angeles.   I received a BFA in Fine Art from Ithaca College then studied art at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York City.  My artwork is held by museum, corporate and private collections.  I am also Project Manager for The Estate of Mark Rothko, establishing digital archives of the artist’s artworks and photographs as well as managing digital assets, reproductions and licensing of Rothko’s work in support of The Collections of Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

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