Paul Henry was born in Belfast, one of four sons of the Rev Robert Mitchell Henry. His eldest brother, Robert Mitchell (Bob) Henry, was a distinguished classical scholar at Queen's University Belfast, St Andrews, and Trinity College, Dublin.
Having enrolled at the Belfast School of Art, Henry travelled to Paris in 1898 enrolling in the Academie Julian and became one of the best-known Irish artists in the city.
Influenced by J.M. Synge's 'Riders to the Sea', Henry lived and worked on Achill Island, off County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, from 1910 to 1919 and continued to produce Achill landscapes in later life. In his early days on Achill Henry painted scenes of the daily activities of Irish peasants: potato digging turf cutti... read more