Description Henri was a thick-billed crow from an aristocratic family in Albi and was a bit of a pervert. A short and homely bird, his diminutive and awkward body was the result of royal inbreeding, and he turned to painting to express his inner turmoil. His little lust-filled heart craved the excitement of Montmartre’s brothels and bars, where he became a regular fixture. On a typical night he would consume seven Earthquakes (3 parts Absinthe to 3 parts Cognac) pack his crayons and wobble to various nests of sin to pay for “pleasure preens” and sketch the nightlife. His posters dotted the town and he eventually became quite famous, but he did not live to see the success. During an intense episode of grooming with a dirty peacock, Henri contracted West Nile Virus, and passed away shortly after at his parents’ nest in Albi.
Chad Crowe, Portland, OR Member Since May 2012 Artist Statement Chad Crowe is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in publications across the U.S., including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Phoenix. He has also designed floats for the annual carnival celebration in Nice, France.