Henriette Simon Picker (b. Jersey City, March 28, 1917) studied drawing and painting with Alexander Brook and Louis Bouché at the Art Student’s League of New York (1939 - 41) while pursuing a successful career as a shoe designer. She was hired by world famous I. Miller Shoes of New York at the age of 16 and for the next 45 years designed women's high fashion shoes full time there and for many other major companies throughout the U.S under the names Henriette Simon and Simone. During the 1950's and '60's she ran her own shoe companies and her designs were illustrated by many well known artists including Andy Warhol. (See the Simone scrapbook, page 23 in the Shoes section on this website)
HS Picker’s catalogue, spanning nearly 80 years, continues to grow. Since 2009 alone, she has produced more than 100 new works. Still working with enormous energy at the age of 96, she is producing some of her most vibrant, lively pieces: brilliant sunrises, landscapes, penetrating portraits rendered in a rich palette of colors in Picker’s distinctive style. Her work has begun to enter distinguished private collections. She had her first solo exhibition at the age of 95 at The Hudson River Studio in 2012 and was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at PMW Gallery in March 2013. Since then she has had solo exhibitions at The Cooperstown Art Association and View Arts in Old Forge, NY. She is currently exhibiting at the Waxlander Gallery in Santa Fe and the Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea.
HSPicker.com brings Henriette Simon Picker's work before the public for the first time. The Gallery provides a fascinating and moving journey through 80 years of Picker's lifework.