Our own Lathrup Village artist won top honors over 67 other artists in Oakland County’s second annual MI Great Artist competition.
Henry Heading received a $1,500 cash prize, five works of art framed by Park West Gallery, a scholarship to attend three Business Basics workshops at the One Stop Shop Business Center, plus his artwork will be featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s quality of life events. He will have a solo exhibition at Park West Gallery in Southfield in 2014 as well as a two-month solo exhibition at the Oakland County Galleria in the Executive Office Building.
He was given his award by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
“Henry’s work is outstanding,” Patterson said. “The judges said the competition was close this year. But Henry’s bold colors and designs gave him an edge.”
Heading and his wife Sheryl, a jewelry designer, share a website, HeadingDesigns.com. Though this is not the first fine arts competition Heading has won, Sheryl said that "this one by far has the greatest benefits."
Heading majored in fine arts at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit from 1975-1979. His primary focus is realism, using oil and acrylics in his paintings and switching between mediums to include materials such as woods and metals. Besides painting and designing unusual frames to enhance his art, Heading creates portraits, murals, abstracts, commissioned works, tables, unique conversational boxes, clocks and chairs. He created the mosaic tile "Tigertown" on display at Beaumont Hospital. Watch this on Aspire TV to learn more about Heading and his work. To view the video click on the link http://www.aspire.tv/videos/henry-heading-painter