Henri Dulm is a French artist, born in 1956. He lives in the North of France. The artist has been painting the “vertical sky of New York” since his very first trip in the United States in 2006. His first paintings were realistic and figurative. Then he moved to a more impressionistic style. Some of his works are totally abstract, a few of them are kinetic works. His inspiration is based on his personal feelings of the atmosphere of the streets of Manhattan, without ever referring to a specific neighborhood or to a recognizable tower. The obsession of the artist lies in the simplification of his vision both vertical and horizontal of the city.
As the artist says: “The verticality of New York is so fascinating and inspiring for me. Rising to the sky is a question whose origin remains mysterious. Need of revolt, desire of conquest, architectural challenge or affirmation of a power, each building expresses its ambition in the aerial silence of the skyline. New York is a vertical mystery. Skyscrapers do not only have a logical function of optimizing the cadastral plan. They reflect our dreams, express an urgency, reveal a system of thought. All these cathedrals of concrete, glass and steel awaken the eternal myth of the Eagle's Nest in our minds. We don’t belong to the towers, the towers are in our mind. New York is a stream of torrents, stones that roll night and day deep in multiple canyons. The light and the shadow draw the moods, break up the day, define the priorities of the agenda. This city is an incessant symphony, sometimes calm, sometimes electric, always hypnotic. After I've been walking for hours in the streets of Manhattan, the same image remains printed on my retina: the bright vertical sky emerging between the blocks. I’ve been painting this atmosphere with obsession since 2006. My paintings contrast the horizontal forces of the terrestrial activities with the vertical forces of the celestial aspirations.”