Although only 27 years old, Henry is the founder of two galleries. After graduating, he started working as a collection manager for Mario Testino. After a couple of years working there, he stumbled into the life he is now living.
A friend who worked in real estate had an empty space below a restaurant that he wanted to turn into a project space for a month. Henry accepted the offer to do something interesting in it, and with the experience and contacts he had gained, he created a pop-up art installation.
The walls were concrete and there was neither any toilets nor running water, but the artwork on the walls caught people's attention. After a month, he was offered to keep the space a little longer, so he decided to change it into something more permanent and named it Eighty One, after the street number.
"Having people around who believes in you means everything."
Another few months passed, and the gallery changed its name to Kinman Gallery, and now, two years later, Kinman has opened his second gallery in New York.
"The moment you start working on a life-long project like this", Henry says, "«having people around who believes in you means everything".
Running a gallery is far more complicated than it looks like, and involves much more than white walls, private viewings and champagne.
Henry explains how he doesn't sell artwork to everyone who wants to buy, but that it's important to do a fair bit of research into his potential clients.
"You want to know that the artwork you're selling goes to a good home, somewhere it'll be appreciated for its aesthetics and ideas.
Some people might want to buy a certain piece just because they have heard it's by an up-and-coming artist who they may be able to make a profit from in a few years".
Henry dedicates a great deal of time to getting to know the clients he's working with, and he says that it's important to feel like you and the client can trust each other. "I want to know that my clients won't sell on the artwork as soon as it value rises, and my clients need to trust that I find the artwork that's right for them".
Every 6-8 weeks he puts on a new show. Some are solo shows, and some group installations. The current show at Kinman London opened the last week of February and will be on until the 28th March.