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Desmond Henry

Desmond Henry
Untitled (1962)
12" x 16" Computer Drawing. Signed

Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004) was both a Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester University (1949-1982) and a part-time artist. During the 1960s he created a series of three electromechanical drawing machines from analogue Bombsight Computers originally used in WW2 Bombers to calculate the accurate release of bombs onto their targets. His first show of machine-generated art was in 1962 at the Reid Gallery, London. His second drawing machine was included in the ICA's seminal exhibition of 1968, Cybernetic Serendipity. Henry's substantial archive of machine-generated artworks act as precursors to post 1960s Digital Art. As such, he ranks as one of the early British pioneers of Computer Art.

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