“My women friends sustain and nourish me. Without them my soul would starve”
Friendships are essential to a woman’s identity. The bond between two women can be as strong as it is delicate. In his latest painting, contemporary artist Henry Asencio sets out to capture the essence of this unique and life affirming bond between two women through color, form and style.
Lovely, mysterious and evocative, the figures embrace each other with delicate strength. The women are poised, as if teetering in a moment of connection and liberation. Throughout this painting, Asencio’s women exemplify the epitome of the freedom to be oneself in the presence of another. Dramatically, contrasted in color they harmonize as they begin to intertwine in developing a bond with their bodies and spirit. A harmony and balance permeates in his painting, not only within his figures, but in contrast of texture and mood. Asencio’s power to communicate unspoken messages of loyalty, love, secrets and salvation is evident here, as is his “Celebration” of the special bond of sisterhood.