Featured Artist Lee Hendrickson

Artist and scientist Lee Hendrickson’s photographs are crystals magnified thousands of times, captured using a high-resolution digital imaging microscope. Enjoy Lee’s amazing imagery by visiting his website.

 

“Blossom” Crystalline acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blossom” Crystalline acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) Photography, Various Sizes

 

It has often been said that the artist’s goal is to make the invisible, visible and in so doing reveal to the viewer a fresh and thought-provoking world view. This very aptly describes my artwork. I am an artist and scientist who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. My photography is unique and brings to light a hidden world seen only through the microscope.

 

“Blue Rondo” Crystalline resveratrol (found in wine) Photography, Various Sizesby artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Rondo” Crystalline resveratrol (found in wine) Photography, Various Sizes

 

My fine art photographs are of crystals, which I grow utilizing methods developed during my time spent in research laboratories as well as my artist studio. The images I capture are often brilliantly colored, always revealing visually seductive patterns which hint at subtexts and sculptural forms.

 

“Symphony” Crystalline citric acid (found in citrus fruits) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Symphony” Crystalline citric acid (found in citrus fruits) Photography, Various Sizes

 

Some crystals have the unique property to behave like a prism so as the light passes through the crystal formations on its way to the camera, the different colors of the visible spectrum can be revealed.

 

“Bouquet” Crystalline resveratrol (found in wine) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Bouquet” Crystalline resveratrol (found in wine) Photography, Various Sizes

 

I select molecules that we are all familiar with, for example, caffeine from your morning coffee, citric acid from a lemon, resveratrol from a glass of wine or perhaps acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol. But all I choose to work with have the potential to produce endless crystalline compositions.

 

“Innocence Lost” Crystalline citric acid (found in citrus fruits) Photography, Various Sizesby artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Innocence Lost” Crystalline citric acid (found in citrus fruits) Photography, Various Sizes

 

Art and science may seem to be strange companions, but my extensive background in both the world of science and the art blend beautifully to illuminate the designs of nature in this microenvironment.

 

“Pacific Blues” Crystalline acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pacific Blues” Crystalline acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) Photography, Various Sizes

 

My workplace is equal parts artist studio and laboratory and home to cameras, microscope, and glass vials containing solvents and mysterious powders. The magic is happening hidden away in dark cabinets, on rows of glass microscope slides; where on each, crystals are growing, quietly assembling into unique patterns as delicately diverse as snowflakes.

 

“Reflection” Crystalline resveratrol (found in wine) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Reflection” Crystalline resveratrol (found in wine) Photography, Various Sizes

 

Like a psychologist’s inkblot test, my photographs place the viewer at the boundary of the familiar and the unfamiliar, organic in nature and feel, yet with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic. Each time I place a new crystal preparation under the microscope I become an explorer, never knowing what to expect. I am seldom disappointed.

 

“Morning Glory” Crystalline Crystalline phenylethyleneamine (found in chocolate) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Morning Glory” Crystalline Crystalline phenylethyleneamine (found in chocolate) Photography, Various Sizes

 

The entire field that I photograph is typically no larger than the head of a pin, but an infinite array of patterns can result and the complexity of design and their amazing beauty never cease to fascinate the viewer.

 

“Tropics” Crystalline citric acid (found in citrus fruits) Photography, Various Sizes by artist Lee Hendrickson. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Tropics” Crystalline citric acid (found in citrus fruits) Photography, Various Sizes

 

Making the invisible visible is perhaps an appropriate summation for all artistic endeavors, all new perspectives, the very act of creating something new and compelling, and I feel that my artwork is able to do just that.

 

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Comments

  1. What a remarkable meeting of art & science in your work Lee. Your amazing photographs reveal a beautiful and fascinating world.

  2. Geoff Thornley says:

    wow!,,amazing photos. True works of art, especially Blossom and Symphony. Fantastic creations. A couple remind me of birds wings unfolding. Best art I have seen in a long time.

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