AD 250 | CJ Hendry

Cj Hendry (b. 1988) is a New York-based artist originally from Brisbane, Australia. Hendry transforms her fascination with contemporary material culture into large-scale, hyper-photorealistic drawings. Cj Hendry’s exhibits aren’t intended to be passively observed but, rather, actively experienced through engaging, fun, and thought-provoking exhibits. For her exhibit Monochrome, Hendry and her team built an entire multi-room “home” inside a warehouse with each room entirely monochrome-colored from floor to ceiling and everything in between. For Rorschach, guests jumped through a gigantic bouncy house maze in order to reach and finally view the impressive series. Each Cj Hendry exhibit, from Miami to Melbourne, draws massive crowds with attendees waiting in line for several hours - and, in the end, everyone leaves more enriched than when they arrived. With her celebrity clientele – and many works in private collections - Hendry’s waitlist is now well over 3,000 collectors with a wait time of up to five years to get their hands on a piece.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • CJ’s mindset shift after university (00:03:41)
  • The beginning of CJ’s art practice (00:06:35)
  • What led to CJ’s first sale (00:08:32)
  • The 10,000-hour rule (00:12:49)
  • Creating great concepts and ideas (00:10:46)
  • Success leading to complacency (00:13:59)
  • Her recent project “Cheese” (00:18:28)
  • Thoughts on losing fire and passion over time (00:20:37)
  • Sustaining a playful mentality (00:23:58)
  • Valuable lessons learned creating an art business (00:26:54)
  • CJ’s “Copyright Infringement” series (00:37:22)
  • CJ’s decision to not work with a manager (00:42:33)
  • AI art (00:46:38)
  • Her upcoming exhibition “Plaid” (00:52:27)

Posted 4.12.2023


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino