New Pioneers.

New Pioneers

Oil on Canvas
48 inches x 108 inches
©2010

The epic drama of life, death, war, peace and the inalienable right to choose is depicted in a huge panorama. Refugees climb out of a war zone, a pioneer comes to a graffiti wall where the choices are scratched out. We all want to live in peace but somehow many are attracted to values that are so dissimilar, war seems to be the only option for a humanity gone berserk.The pioneers and refugees make it to a new world of awakened consciousness.

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MARCH OF PROGRESS.

March of Progress

Oil on canvas
48 inches x 56 inches
©1995

This is perhaps Mark Henson’s most popular political piece and the saddest.
It reflects the deep-seated awareness of impending global disaster that touches all of our hearts,and yet we feel so helpless before “The March of Progress”. 

A woman with child flees in terror from the monster.The animals panic before the bloodshot eyes and weapon’s scope.A man in a suit giving the peace sign, nuclear power plants as antennas stand on top the monster’s head.Death masks of toxic waste and poisons spew from a missile studded face.Mindless military tanks herd corporate clear cutting loggers towards the garbage filled beach 
as a whale lies bleeding on the sand.Fiery nuclear mushroom clouds fill the sky 
as attack jets fly over glow in the darkened seats of global government.The entire monster forms a dollar sign, capitalism, greed, materialism
 devoid of anything but primal survival dynamics run amok.We are our worst enemy.The sacrifice is enormous, the unnecessary suffering immense,the tools are in the hands of madmen, caught in cycles of fear.
This thinking comes from memory patterns that are not valid anymore.
There is nothing “out there” that can get us.
We have killed everything that could already.
The solution: Be kind to our friends the animals, and reach beyond being only animal. 
Show compassion to all our earthly cohabitants.

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SHARE THE WEALTH

Sharing the Wealth

Oil on Canvas
66 inches x 48 inches
©2000

This image reveals our most materialistic nature. We export illusion. We will kill to do this. There is something extremely wrong. Run for office! Vote! Recycle! Boycott sweatshop products and all tools of violence. Have compassion for our planet and global family. There are good people everywhere.

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Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Oil on Canvas
48 inches x 64 inches
©1993

The weapons broker plays with his money and weapon toys,
his desk forming the TV that lulls the American family into its illusions.
Keeping our standard of living oiled at all costs, the media perpetuates the lie
by playing clips of a “Smart Bomb” hitting enemy targets.
Daughter preens Barbie complete with sports car,
soon to become like Mom stuffing herself with junk food and apple pie.
Pop downs his beer shaking his fist in approval while Sonny practices war games with his GI Joe.
Oil fires split the canvas and light the horizon of death.
Tanks blast away at anything that moves. This part of the war never makes it to the TV set.
In reality, everybody looses. People die, animals die, the earth dies, our kids die.
There is no honor, no winners in a war.
There are no “Smart” bombs. 

This painting goes in and out of fashion.
Wars are so short now, Mark started this piece when Desert Storm I,
our war with Iraq in 1991 began. He was still painting it when Desert Storm, ended.
Unfortunately, several more similar stupid wars have come and gone since that time.
He painted it in a direct response to a leftover old tank being driven down our street in California
to rally support for the war effort.
When the zealot Army drivers turned the gun turret towards our home, Mark wanted to stop the parade by jumping in front of the tank with a rose, like the brave student in Tienemin Square in China.
Fortunately, the tank caused its own demise. Clouds of thick black smoke belched from its rear.This scared the horses that were trailing behind it.The horses scared a troupe of tiny tap-dancers that were behind them. The entire parade self-destructed.
Ten years later, the same dreadful repetition. Now we know that our kids are dying from “depleted” Uranium sickness, Gulf War syndrome,
and that’s just the garbage weaponry.
 The real weapons we can’t even talk about.
The solution: Begin to circulate in your local area a non-nuclear proliferation treaty.
 Where do you think these bombs are made anyway?

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Londinium

Londinium 21

Oil on Canvas
24 inches 32 inches
©2016

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London with a 30 foot rise of water. Boats serenely pass by the city center. The bridges are under water. People still are impressed with the view. This was done in the J.M.W. Turner style of coloration to commemorate Turner’s contribution to the art world. Londinium was the Roman word for what is now called the City of London.

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Work For Food by Mark Henson.

Will Work for Food

Oil on Canvas
24 inches 32 inches
©2014

What ever happened to  the Occupy Movement? We have been in one war or another for hundreds of years, discarding our our soldiers when our government is done with them. They were the best and the bravest, serving at the whim of our country, now homeless, on the streets. A  vet and his companion cat, willing to work for food appear despondent . We have brief moments of hope when somehow the people seem united in goodness, followed by many years of broken promises to those who cared enough to be in harms way.  Politicians roll on in sleek limousines, trendy fashionistas ignore the the leftovers of a generation that went to war to preserve the rich.

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A VISIT TO THE MEMORIAL

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A Visit to the Memorial

Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
©2016

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Visitors paddle by the Lincoln Memorial after global sea rise. Graceful swans swim atop the reflection in the water. We have survived the melting of the polar caps.

 

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Cost of Freedom web

Cost of Freedom

Oil on Canvas
24 inches 32 inches
©2014

What is the relationship between individual freedom and “State Security”? Is freedom an illusion; a false sense of of liberty stretched over the State Security Apparatus? The social contract implies that the government is there to protect the citizens from evil-doers among us. But what if the security forces are controlled by those who do not care about the citizens, and only their profits? What do the citizens do now?

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.Paintbrush Warrior

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Paintbrush Warrior

Oil on Canvas
24 inches x 30 inches
©2011

The artist uses his magic to confront the forces of repression.
Using creativity to manifest a positive reality, the natural beauty of life rushes forth in the wake of the action.
This is not a whitewashing of an unpleasant situation,
but an actual transformation of society and culture through the act of creating a physical presentation
that speaks to a very deepest part of our collective soul.
The dark forces of mindless fascism that are running amok in our world today
terrorizing all of humanity in the guise of law and order can be undone by the power of the creative spirit.

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Fast Food Chain.

Fast Food Chain

Oil on Canvas
66 inches  x 48 inches
©1966

All life is connected. As we  consume, so does life consume us. A figure eight details a vortex of consumption as life consumes life.
In the forefront various microbes, viruses, bacteria rush in to eat our bodies, as the reaper harvests life.
A small boy in the shopping cart points a gun a Mom as she rolls through a grocery display.
Our environmental decay is highlighted by clear cutting and toxic waste, releasing diseases, killing animals and ourselves.
Humans try all sorts of posturing to stop the collapse of our natural world.

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Illusion of Reality.

Illusion of Reality

Oil on Canvas
66 inches x 48 inches
©1993

Most of us who were raised in the 60’s and 70’s, have been here done that
or knew someone who had been there done that.
We may have visited someone like this poor soul.

In a shabby room, in any big city, a broken man lies dead or near death.
From his pipe, a vision of what all mankind seeks wafts towards the ceiling.
Paradise, the face of a woman, brotherhood, harmony with nature and spirit, the heart of human existence is but a vision.
His table is filled with a cornucopia of escape mechanisms, anything to quash the pain of existence.
A nuclear bomb goes off on the TV set, as the newspaper proclaims the next war.
The toxic environment was not the drug of his choice.
The room overlooks a desolate urban nightmare. Pollution hangs over a garish street scene.
Ladies of the night stand on the corner; cops roust folks on the opposite street as
Krishna devotees sing their mantras hoping to bring a bit of divinity to the situation.
In the hotel across the way, an artist peers through his window.
In rooms nearby, various people escape in their own ways from their collective self-created miseries.

It’s our war on us.Man tries to control the pleasure and misery of his fellowman.
Those most out of control seek to control others.
This image is used in The John Hopkins University Press issue of
 Addiction and Treatment,
Science and policy for the 21st Century

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Wheel of Fortune web.

Wheel of Fortune

24 x 30 inches
Oil on Canvas
©2013

The treadmill keeps on turning powered by desire.
The rich drink champagne as man chases his dreams, be it the “Origin of the World”,
painted by the French artist Gustave Courbet in 1866,
the perfect home,riches, fancy cars, food, running till his life blood is drained,
becoming the fodder for the next fool.
The wheel of fortune rolls on.
We can make all our lives richer by stewarding the earth protecting life
or be attached by umbilical cord to a life of mindless consumption.

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Venice of the North.

Venice of the North

Oil on Canvas
20 inches x 28 inches
© 2010

The New York Stock Exchange sits along the canal, that was once a busy street now 30 feet underwater.
Climate change has happened, the ice melted, the oceans rose. Mankind is over it. All the shops now are a story or two up from the old ground level. To remain hopeful even with the adversity of climate change

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Sunset on the Potomac ssp.

Sunset on the Potomac

Oil on Canvas
18 inches x 24 inches
©2009

Washington D.C. never looked so serene.
The capital mall is flooded with water as the oceans rise.
Rather than a tortured future, we have  succeeded in getting over the necessity of perpetual trauma.
A camper fishes from the Washington Monument while ships sail up the mall.

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Force of Life 2.

Force of Life

Oil on Canvas
24 inches 36 inches
©2015

The Force of Life pervades even the most gruesome scenarios. A lone daisy pushes up through the concrete in a desolate was zone where even soldiers dare to tread. Even if we kill every human on the planet, destroy everything we have built, nature will work its magic. Nature rebuilds itself, humans can too, if we follow the guidance of the Force of Life.

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winner.

The Winner

Oil on Canvas
48 inches x 66 inches
©2007

The last man standing looks over his field of glory, death and destruction.

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Fractured Universe.

Fractured Universe

Oil on Canvas
42 inches x 30 inches
©1996

This was painted right after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1988.
The Santa Cruz area was hit hard and for everyone,
the world fractured. It forced change.

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peace pidgeon

Peace Pigeon

Oil on Canvas
16 inches x 20 inches
©2013

Simple, understated, symbol of Peace