HENRY RASMUSSEN
Title: Accused (Guilty Until Found Innocent)

Medium: Acrylic And Newsprint On Canvas

Dimensions: 41" x 31"

Year: 2012Title: Pink Lady Protester

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2012Title: Blacklisted Beauty

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year 2011Title: Bomb Blast Bystander 2

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Bomb Blast Bystander 3

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Bomb Blast Bystander 4

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Dog Soldier

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Dresden Doppelganger 1

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Dresden Doppelganger 2

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 40" x 30"

Year: 2011Title: Fat Cat

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Ghetto Ghost 1 (With Found Object)

Medium: Acrylic And Flag On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2011Title: Hells Angel Messiah

Medium: Acrylic And Coil Of Barbed Wire On 
Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 40"

Year: 2011Title: Indian Warrior In Transit

Medium: Acrylic And Perforation On Canvas

Dimensions: 48" x 36"

Year: 2011Title: Mistaken Identity Latina Lifer

Medium: Acrylic And Corrugated Cardboard On Canvas

Dimensions: 48" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Mean Street Mona Lisa

Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 60"

Year: 2011Title: Perforated Peacenik

Medium: Acrylic And Perforations On Canvas

Dimensions: 48" x 36"

Year: 2011Title: The Beckomberga Mask
 
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 54" x 54"

Year: 2010Title: Twice-Stricken Truth Seeker
 
Medium: Acrylic And Spray Paint On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Bomb-Blast Bystander
 
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 60"

Year: 2011Title: Hiroshima Man
 
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Wood

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2010

Private CollectionTitle: Gigolo Gigante
 
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Pinstripe Patriot
 
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Latter-Day Disciple
 
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48" (4 panels)

Year: 2010Title: Brigham Bride
 
Medium: Acrylic And Burlap Collage On Canvas

Dimensions: 48" x 36"

Year: 2010

Private CollectionTitle: Auschwitz Aryan 
 
Medium: Acrylic, Color Pencil And Barbed Wire On Wood Panel

Dimensions: 72" x 72"

Year: 2010Title: Neon Moron
 
Medium: Acrylic And Spray Paint On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Go Kong Gook
 
Medium: Acrylic And Spray Paint On Riveted Steel Plates Mounted On Wood

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Padre Predatore
 
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 60"

Year: 2010

Private CollectionTitle: Obedient Boy 1
 
Medium: Acrylic, Graphite And Color Pencil  On Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 30"

Year: 2010Title: Quadroon Queen
 
Medium: Acrylic, Spray Paint And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 48" x 36"

Year: 2010Title: Wildwood Vulcan

Medium: Acrylic, Spray Paint And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 72" x 60"

Year: 2010Title: The Good Wife
 
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 72"

Year: 2010Title: Obedient Boy 2
 
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

Dimensions: 54" x 54"

Year: 2010Title: Belsen Singer
 
Medium: Acrylic, Spray Paint And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 48" x 30"

Year: 2010Title: Wichita Werewolf
 
Medium: Acrylic, Oil Stick And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 60" x 48"

Year: 2010Title: Son Of Salem

Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 30"

Year: 2011Title: Son Of Salem
(detail image A)
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 30"

Year: 2011Title: Son Of Salem
(detail image B)
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 30"

Year: 2011Title: Son Of Salem
(detail image C)
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 30"

Year: 2011Title: Son Of Salem
(detail image D)
Medium: Acrylic And Color Pencil On Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 30"

Year: 2011
The Beckomberga Mask Series

VICTIMS AND VICTIMIZERS, a series comprising three dozen paintings, has as its constant visual theme an imaginary mask invented in the 1930s by a psychiatrist at the Beckomberga insane asylum in Stockholm, Sweden. The mask was originally intended for use only as a patient restraint (the fact that the contraption left eyes and mouth uncovered was of special benefit to orderlies who were thus able to observe the pupils and lips of violent inmates during application of subduing force).

It was subsequently adopted by police departments and paramilitary organizations around the world. In this form, the mask was used as a bandage, applied to demonstrators and political prisoners to help contain bleeding after beatings.

The first to adopt this method were camp guards in Nazi Germany; from there the practice spread to other totalitarian regimes. In its ultimate (most insidious) form, the mask was employed as a disguise by corporate executives, politicians and religious leaders with the objective of obscuring their true identity and intentions (bringing to mind the blinding hypocrisy that is the object lesson of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Emperor’s New Clothes).

For Rasmussen, the mask provides a means to focus viewer’s attention on victims and victimizers in a world held hostage by crime and violence.
Examples of paintings exploring the horrors of war are Hiroshima Man (the quickly-drawn mouth and eyes create an expression of stunned terror), and Auschwitz Aryan, where the artist attached strands of barbed wire to a wood panel as a way to recreate the fence of a prison camp (while the majority of inmates in the Nazi prisons were Jews, a lesser-known category contained blond, blue-eyed members of Hitler’s “superior“ race, the Aryan—this group, reserved for homosexuals, were forced to wear garbs displaying a pink triangle).

In Pinstripe Patriot, Rasmussen focuses on a victimizer of the white-collar-crime variety, depicting the incarnation of an investment banker, a tele-evangelist, a political consultant...

The Mask series may, with its infinite source of subject matter, become an endless pursuit for the artist, even as he in parallel quests continues to explore new topics and forms of expression.
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