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Catherine Jenna Hendry (CJ Hendry) (born 1988) is a contemporary Australian artist known for hyper-realistic, large-scale renderings of luxury objects using a self-developed scribbling technique.

CJ Hendry
Catherine Jenna Hendry

1988 (age 30–31)
Alma materUniversity of Queensland


Hendry was born in South Africa raised in Brisbane, Australia.[1] She studied architecture at Queensland University of Technology and finance at University of Queensland in Australia, before dropping out to pursue an art career in 2013.[2][3] Hendry lived and practiced in Brisbane prior to moving to New York in 2015.[3]

Hendry's practice started as a hobby. She has no formal art training and considers herself "not very creative."[4] Her works are primarily hyper-realistic, large scale ink drawings of luxury objects that sometimes take 200 hours to complete.[5] Working with ink on paper her pieces are achieved through layers of what she refers to as scribbles.[4][2][6] She uses photographs with edited saturated lighting, a ruler and a pen as a guide for their placement.[7] Hendry credits her fame to social media attributing her first sale in 2014, a depiction of RM Williams boots that sold for $10,000, to Instagram.[4]

In 2016 Hendry expanded her practice with the launch of a collaboration with fashion house Christian Louboutin.[8][9] The resulting exhibition, held in the Anita Chan Lia-ling Gallery at the Fringe Club in Hong Kong as part of the 2017 Art Basel, marked Hendry's first time working with colour and wax pencil.[10] The difference, the artist explains, is that "color is very difficult, because you've got to use multiple different colors to create one."[11]


  • Rorschach (2019)
  • Monochrome (2018)
  • Complementary Colours (2017)[10][8]
  • The Trophy Room (2016)[3]
  • 50 Foods in 50 Days (2015)[12]
  • The Art Hunter (2014)[4][13]


  1. ^ Lacey, Stephen (24 March 2015). "The unknown Aussie artist fetching a year's salary for a single drawing". Executive Style. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Rocca, Jane (27 July 2015). "Artist CJ Hendry an Instagram phenomenon". The Weekly Review. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Ubaldi, Simone (4 November 2016). "Australian artist CJ Hendry tries New York on for size". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Fortescue, Elizabeth (2 August 2014). "CJ Hendry scribbles her way to success". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ Ryall, Jenni (15 September 2014). "Artist Quit University to Draw — Now Kanye West Wants Her Work". Mashable. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ Garnsworthy, Jasmine (2 June 2015). "Why Artist CJ Hendry is Catching the Eye of Everyone From Kanye West to Vogue". StyleCaster. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ Tikos, Bill (7 October 2014). "ARTIST TO WATCH - CJ HENDRY". Watch-That-Label. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b Lupica, Lilith Hardie (27 March 2017). "CJ Hendry on working with colour for the first time and originality". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  9. ^ "An Interview With Australian Artist CJ Hendry". Harper's BAZAAR. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b Chen, Vivian (29 March 2017). "Monochrome artist CJ Hendry turns to colour for Christian Louboutin". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  11. ^ Lam, Teresa (23 March 2017). "Here's What Went Down at CJ Hendry x Christian Louboutin's "Complimentary [sic] Colors" Exhibition". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  12. ^ "TCH launches CJ Hendry's 50 Foods in 50 Days Exhibition in Melbourne". The Cool Hunter. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  13. ^ Preston, Sammy (19 March 2014). "The Art Hunter". Broadsheet. Retrieved 19 November 2017.

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