Dellas Henke is a print maker who earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and received his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, Albany. As a student he studied under several distinguished print makers, including Robert Marx, and later taught fine arts classes at Grand Valley State University. On his work he states: "I admire those who do not lose heart. I think all of the prints and drawings and paintings I have ever made were about not losing heart."
I began as a painter and continued studying painting until I finally recognized that the paintings were getting worse. In 1975 I discovered printmaking and eventually went on to study that at the University of Iowa. From there I moved to Rochester, NY where I set up a press, and printed other artists to pay rent and to learn the skills. From that studio, I began making exhibition prints. It was also around that timeI began my association with Samuel Beckett and ultimately made three books of prints with his texts. By 1982I began to teach at Grand Valley State College, (now University), I'm West Michigan, where I continue to teach and to make prints and paint, although making and printing photographs has occupied more and more of my studio engagement in recent years. Along with the C. Suite form which the print in this exhibition is from, I have been working on a series of photographs I'm calling Chemo Waste, documenting the all too common experience of going through cancer treatment.