Jim Henry's paintings in oil are usually essentially inscrutable. That is the proposition. Whether as large scale paintings on canvas, or more intimate works on paper that pose as prints, the formal structure, the oxygenated atmosphere and the richness of surface generally hold supremacy over any particulars of subject matter. Nonetheless, something is usually fathomable in the gathering and evaporating fumes of the scenes Henry offers. It's really left to the viewer to make decisions about what they can make of them. In the midst of the riddle of each work - and Henry usually provides the name of a thing within - is some single floating object to set our compasses by.