Eye of Chimu
Artist DetailsName: Henry Botkin
Birth: 1896 Death: 1983
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1970
Period: 20th Century
Medium: collage on canvas on board
Dimensions: 44 x 33 inches
Credit: Gift of Donald and Maria Cox
Born in Boston, Henry Botkin received his early training at the Massachusetts School of Art and the Art Students League. After moving to New York, he established himself as an illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post and Harper’s. Beginning in the early 1920s, Botkin began a series of travels that would take him to Paris, Great Britain, Germany, South Africa, Canada, Italy and Japan. In 1933, he accompanied his cousin George Gershwin to Charleston. While Gershwin worked on his opera, Porgy and Bess, Botkin toured Folly Beach and Charleston painting the people and places of the Lowcountry.
As his career evolved, Botkin began to stray from realism toward abstraction. The relationship between space, color, form and texture proved of great interest and he began to work in collage. He took great delight in the assemblage of the color masses and the collision of shapes that resulted in unexpected creations.