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HENRIK SIMONSEN | INVESTING IN ART
Born in Denmark in 1974, Simonsen studied art in his native country before graduating from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. He also studied in New York and in Venice, Italy. Following a Scandinavian tradition of art, literature and design inspired by the natural world, Henrik Simonsen employs the inexhaustible richness of nature in his work as metaphor for the vitality, vulnerability and the brevity of life.
 
Simonsen’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows worldwide to huge acclaim, including a successful solo show in London’s Royal Opera House in 2008. He has also shown work in Belgium alongside artists such as Antony Gormley, George Baselitz and Gerhard Richter.
When Eyestorm first started showing Danish artist Henrik Simonsen’s work thirteen years ago, we were unaware of how successful and collectable that work would become. One of our most popular artists, Simonsen’s screen prints are exquisite representations of nature, expertly balancing a rich colour palette with delicate brushwork to create deeply alluring organic forms.

The artist’s fascination with flora and fauna is attributed to his Scandinavian roots and to the author of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, but also to the French 'Rococo' art movement for the way it embraced opulence, abundance and sensuality. The plant formations growing wild in the rococo paintings and interiors are given a new, modern form in Simonsen's work as his style is characterised by a powerful use of intense colours and the use of abstract elements alongside the meticulous plant formations.
Henrik Simonsen

Pink Sloe , 2016

75(w) x 75(h) cm
29.53(w) x 29.53(h) inches
7 colour screenprint on Somerset 410 gsm paper

Image size: 65 x 65 cm
Edition of 60
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The element to Simonsen's work which seems to instantly hypnotise, is the pioneering relationship to colour. Simonsen is a shrewd colourist and the many layers of hues used in the creation of his screen prints, in his words; 'build a history of the work' (his screen prints tend to have between 15 and 21 different layers of colour). Drawing is also central to the allure of his work, stemming from the directness of the mark-making process and the simple way lines on a surface create infinite shapes and forms. All elements of Simonsen’s screen prints are drawn freehand, and sometimes in repetition, to maintain the life and visual strength of the line. The build-up of layers of colours and tracing happens during the creation process of screen printing; as each individual layer of intricately laced foliage comes into contact with colour on the screens. The repeated layers of hand-drawn lines with pigment placed one on top of the other has gained Simonsen a reputation in the industry as being a trailblazer for strong commitment to the screen printing craft.

Simonsen should be lauded for his commitment to the screen printing process but mostly for the original touches he brings to it. He is noted for his enjoyment in making something original in print because “it’s a much more interesting way of working as you are not trying to make a print look like an original.” One only needs to look at the details of each print to see the extent of the work that goes into them; Amber Dusk has 15 layers of colour and Yellow Light, 18. The crowning display is Gold Dusk where Simonsen has hand applied gold and copper leaf over a 19 colour screenprint as well as individually finishing each print with white paint. It’s a piece that bridges the gap between painting and screenprinting and shows off the breadth of possibilities available in the printing screen process. Gold Dusk is a labour of love and refinement and just rightly it is therefore the collector's item in a small edition of just 15 prints, whereas previous editions to date by the artist have been in quantities of up to 80 prints.
Henrik Simonsen

Gold Dusk , 2013

94(w) x 113(h) cm
37.01(w) x 44.80(h) inches
19 colour screenprint on 400 gsm Velin Arches Blanc paper with hand-applied gold and copper leaf, uniquely hand-finished by the artist.
Image size: 90.6 x 75.2cm
Edition of 15
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Having represented his work all over the world, Simonsen has become a leading artist for Eyestorm with strong sales as across the board in every country we've shown his work. The simplicity and beauty of his creations are universally recognised as seen in the case of 2011's now sold-out Eyestorm edition Blue and Orange, where complimentary colours were created in an almost abstract myriad of different tones to result in a blueprint of success for proceeding editions such as Ochre and Orange Sloe. Similar contrasting and complimentary tones were repeated in Fragile (2012) and this highly representational work of a rooted tree with butterflies as leaves, was sold out in a record six months following its release; a gigantic feat for an edition of 75 prints. In quick succession, Red with Dragonflies sold out after appearing on the back cover of Soho House's House magazine. The print's daring combination of strong red and turquoise colours with fine subliminal details of metallic gold made it a show-stopping piece that commanded attention. Such work reaches the secondary market usually within a year or two of release and is regularly sought after in spite of the fact that some prints are re-sold at more than twice the price from what they were when they were first available.

Currently available works such as Blue Butterflies and prints in the ‘Sloe’ series including Pink Sloe, offer the collector an opportunity to invest in a print that is very close to the price it was at when it launched. In evidence with these prints is the juxtaposition of Simonsen’s’ distinctive intense colour alongside delicate line, which seems to be the benchmark of his ongoing success. The powdery softness of the blues in the former print give way to a cool metallic gold sky and the Sloe prints are some of the most intensely colourful work that the artist has ever offered, and the first of their kind to form a series. Original paintings by Simonsen are exhibited in Florida, Berlin and New York City but with their price-points in excess of £15,000 ex VAT, the original screen prints are a much more accessible albeit equally as labour-intensive alternative to collect. In his own words the artist explains “you really need to think the whole print through and decide on the order of the colours and this process often leads to changes and moderation in the original idea. When making original screen prints there is a large element of responding to what each layer adds while not using more screens than you need and so you do need to think the process through in a manner that is not needed when working on a painting.”
Henrik Simonsen

Blue Butterflies , 2017

77(w) x 101(h) cm
30.51(w) x 39.76(h) inches
11 layer combined lithograph and screenprint on Somerset Satin 410gsm paper

Image size: 72 x 95cm
Edition of 60
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Henrik Simonsen’s work is highly accomplished as both contemporary and traditional art, in colour as well as line and he is expertly intuitive to the balance of these elements. The focus on simplicity and layering of colour are universally endearing qualities and so continue to drive the immense popularity of his work. Simonsen persistently explores a vast range of ideas on the natural world in conjunction with human existence, and promises to provide many more exquisite examples of work in the years ahead with Eyestorm and the prestigious galleries and institutions he’s represented by all over the world.
 
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