D. Henry (Henry Dentith) was born in Birmingham, England. He was educated at an English boarding school where typically an interest in art is regarded as an aberration. He began a career in advertising, which though uncongenial, provided a great deal of knowledge which would prove valuable in later years—blockmaking, typefaces, lithographs, reproductions, etc.
Dentith lived for several years in both West Africa and Singapore as the overseas representative for the international firm of De la Rue, now the world’s largest currency printer and papermaker. This tenure afforded him the opportunity to visit the major art centers and galleries in Europe. Though valuable experience for an artist, this was less than helpful to a business career. The parting was amicable and Dentith returned to England and enrolled at the Sir John Cass Art College in London.
Never overly fond of the English climate, Dentith decided to move elsewhere and begin in earnest the life of a professional artist. He decided upon Israel and remained there for the next 21 years. In those intervening years, he became one of the country’s leading artists. His work can be seen in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem at several major art galleries.
After so many years in Israel, Dentith left for England to begin a series of oils reflecting the countryside of the British Isles. It was a fortuitous move because he discovered by chance that 14 years earlier a work of his had been accepted into the permanent collection of the world-renowned Tate Gallery of London. This fact was unknown to him because his name Dentith had been misspelled in the Tate Catalogue. To be in a museum ranked among the finest in the world and be unaware of that fact is nothing short of unbelievable; happily, however, the work was discovered, the spelling error corrected, and the story had a happy ending for the artist. Attracted by the similarity of the California climate to that of Israel, and attracted as well by the wealth of new subject matter to explore, Dentith left England for California. Since his move, he has fallen in love with California`s vast, diverse and glorious beauty.
Dentith’s landscapes evoke tranquility that transcends the clamor of this modern day society. He feels unabashedly drawn to the magnetism of the earth. This is strongly apparent as the viewer is enticed into his works. He captures the grandeur of California in a manner reminiscent of the plein air painters of early California, yet never loses his old world classicism. His work has been reproduced by the New York Graphic Society and also features in many fine private collections internationally including: Gerald Kaufman, British Member of Parliament; Seiko Watches, Japan; Oliver Reed, London; Lord Harry Kissin, London; Alexander of Paris; the Ben Gurion Family, Israel; and the Elite Family, Israel.