I am a contemporary painter who creates evocative semi-abstract paintings of vivid landscapes and figures.
I was born in Berlin, Germany and when I was twelve, moved with my parents to Liberia, West Africa. After that I lived in Suriname (South America), North America, Liberia again and finally England, over 35 years ago.
I am drawn to beauty of all kinds - be it the beauty of nature or the beauty of the human body, or the beauty of shapes, forms and colours and how they fit together. My paintings are also influenced by the years I lived in Africa and South America - the houses I lived in, the colours, the music and the beauty of these places have left their imprint on my soul and permeate much of my work. My current landscapes are often based on the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside which is endlessly inspiring. I work with all types of paint - pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolours - it depends on the subject, and I paint from sketches, reference photos and from images in my head. I also like experimenting with different processes such as pouring, and using epoxy resin. Colour is a very important element in my work because it can so well describe a particular feeling or emotion.
My work reflects the culmination of my life experience and turning the best of my memories into paintings. In these I aim to capture the essence of a place or thing, the fleeting moment and the feeling that that moment evoked. My paintings also reflect the beauty in my everyday surroundings and present reality in a personal and dreamlike way. I want to create this illusion, a feeling of heightened awareness which often has no relation to how it actually was - because creating an exaggerated reality is more interesting to me. Our memories too work like that - we often see past events and places in our minds eye in an enhanced way, and give them qualities they never really had.
Selected Highlights 2023
Mar: "SPRING" Exhibition at the Collective Gallery in St Albans (small group show)
Apr: Open Exhibition at Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford
May: Kimpton Arts Fair, Kimpton Village, Hertfordshire
May: FLUX EXHIBITION, Design District - Greenwich Peninsula - 18th - 27th of May
Aug-Oct: Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Open, Letchworth,Herts.
Oct: Harpenden Art Club, Harpenden, Herts. - 27th - 31st October
Oct: Freedom in Painting Group Exhibition, Henley on Thames, 26th - 31st October
Dec: FLUX 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, 178 St James, Piccadilly, London 7-10th December 2023
Selected Exhibitions & Highlights 2017 – 2022
May:  Freedom in Painting - 5 day course in Cornwall led by abstract painter Ashley Hanson
Jun:  "LANDLINES" -3 women Abstract Landscapes exhibition at the Collective Gallery in St Albans
Jul:  Big Art Fair Hitchin
Jul:  Featured in anniversary edition of the LandEscape Art Review with a 44-page article
Sep:  OPEN STUDIO in my garden studio in St.Albans, until October.
Apr:  “Spring Back” Group exhibition at Nude Tin Can, St Albans, until May.
Apr:  RBA-Mall Galleries-Live exhibition, my painting “Girl” selected
Jun:  3D Virtual Gallery with FLUX Review (4 paintings selected), until July.
Jul:  “Figurative Art Now” Online Exhibition (Federation of British Artists), until September. My painting “The Red Road” was selected.
Sep:  St Albans Museum – 3 of my paintings selected to show in the gallery for 1 month
Nov:  FLUX Exhibition at the Greenwich Peninsula Design District (5-27th November) www.fluxexhibition.com
Jan:  Exhibition of 7 of my paintings at a private gallery, "Blickwinkel" in Berlin
Jan:  Shortlisted for the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Show
Mar:  Online exhibition at St Albans Museum in conjunction with University of Hertfordshire, until August. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/explore/exhibitions/hertfordshire-open-2020
Mar:  Monthly Exhibitions at the Wynd Gallery Letchworth wyndgallery.co.uk
Sep:  HVA Open Studio (Online) www.hvaf.org.uk/galleries/henriette-jetty-busch
Oct:  Q&A Online Interview with FLUX Magazine www.thefluxreview.com/henriette-busch-qa
Dec:  March 2021 - Letchworth Open @ the Broadway Gallery www.broadway-letchworth.com/studio-gallery
Dec:  ING Discerning Eye - Online Exhibition www.ingdeexhibition.org/exhibition
Dec:  New Gallery space in Singapore artwallst.com/artist/henriette-busch
Jan:  Nude or Fully Clothed Exhibition, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St.Albans. Until Februry.
Apr:  Hertford Open at Courtyard Arts, Hertford
May:  Solo Show of my big abstracts at the Gatehouse Gallery in Harlow
May:  “St. Albans Exposed” Exhibition at the Nude Tin Can Gallery St.Albans
Jul:  Big Art Fair, Hitchin
Sep:  OPEN STUDIO
Sep:  OPEN STUDIO My studio in St.Albans
Sep:  “Art Below” Regent’s Park 24/9 for 4 Weeks, until October.
Oct:  Anemoi Art, Brook St, London – Group Show
- Interview with Herts Visual Arts – Dec/January 2013-14 Newsletter
- Flux Review Q & A – Online Interview – October 2020
- Herts Visual Arts – Featured artist of the month – April 2021
- The Flux Review Magazine Edition 6 – Art in Lockdown
- Flux Exhibition November 2021 – Catalogue Feature
- LandEscape Anniversary Edition July 2022 – featured with 44-page article
- 1994 – 1998: Extra Mural Courses in Life Drawing, Ceramics & Textile Design at the University of Hertfordshire
- 1999 – 2000: Full time Access Course in Art & Design, University of Hertfordshire
- 2000 – 2003: BA Fine Art Degree Course, University of Hertfordshire
- May 2014: “Form & Abstraction”, St. Ives School of Painting, Cornwall
- 2015 – to present: Life Drawing classes at The St. Albans Art Society
- 2020 - to present: Zoom Life Drawing classes with Draw.Livingart
- May 2022 - "Freedom in Painting" - 5-day course in Port Isaac, led by abstract painter Ashley Hanson
- Collective Gallery, St.Albans
- Herts Visual Arts
- St. Albans Art Society