Poetry and artwork - Henry Denander

Roy Hargrove

RIP | Nov 16, 2018

Roy Hargrove (1969-2018).

Jazz trumpeter and composer, and with a beautiful sound on his flugelhorn. Such a shame, he was only 49 years old.

My portrait in water color and pen on paper, size 25x36 cm (10x14").

This one is for Jonas Kullhammar.

Mediterranean Village

Nov 12, 2018

Somewhere down the fantasy coast, at a place where the Ministry of Culture doesn't have to approve how you build and paint your houses.

Water color and pen and ink, size 25x36 cm (10x14").

Mr. Koukoudakis store

Hydra | Nov 3, 2018 | Comments: 1

From memory, my take on Mr. Koukoudakis' grocery store, on the street leading down to the port. Today the shop is run by the family and still a beautiful place but more modern. I remember we bought our first lemon tree here, twenty years ago. Koukoudakis delivered it on his boat from the mainland.

Watercolor, pen and ink on heavy 600g paper. Size 29x38 cm (11.5x15 ")

Still Life (in Greece)

Oct 30, 2018

Yesterday we had snow here outside Stockholm. It's all melting now and we get the lovely brown mudlike feeling.

Here's a watercolor with some different colors.

Watercolor, ink and pen
Size 19x28 cm (7,5x11")

Congrats Benke!

Oct 23, 2018

Happy Birthday Bengt Kirschon, 60 years young today! Playing his guitar in the Swedish band Madhouse.

He's also an ordinary member of the legendary poker dice club John Wesley Hardin Memorial Club.

September painting

Hydra | Oct 20, 2018

One more somewhat abstract painting I did on Hydra last month, with some Greek colors. And the man walking to the ferry with his suitcase. Why didn't he let a donkey carry the heavy suitcase?

Watercolor, ink, pen, collage
27x35 cm (11x14")

On a Slow Boat to Piraeus

Pig Ear Press | Oct 16, 2018

Pig Ear Press, which produced my last book "Glenn Gould Never Came to Nice" has now started work in earnest on my next book. 40-plus poems printed Letterpress using handset type in the workshop of Pete Lally on the island of Gozo, Malta. His progress can be followed here:


"On a Slow Boat to Piraeus" will include poems about jazz and donkeys and life on a small Greek island, all seen through the eyes of a retired beancounter...

Miller & Katsimbalis

Stampsheet | Oct 8, 2018 | Comments: 1

A mailart stampsheet with my painting of Henry Miller and the poet Katsimbalis visiting the painter Ghikas on Hydra in 1939.

I made this painting after reading Henry Miller's wonderful book "The Colossus of Maroussi", where he tells about this visit to Greece. Henry Miller's best book, I think.

This stampsheet was sent out to my mailart circles but I have a few left.

Sun Ra

Sep 29, 2018

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount (1914 – 1993), jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet.

Watercolor, pen,
Size of painting 18x25 cm (7x10")

Hydra abstract

Sep 25, 2018

Just back from two really wonderful weeks on a small Greek island, took a break from my jazz portraits and made some abstracts, I don't have a title for this and maybe the 8 is actually an eternity sign.

"Standing Eternity"
Watercolor, ink, pen, collage, mixed media
27x35 cm (11x14")

Standing Eternity