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HENRIK SIMONSEN | ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS PAINTING

November 25th 2016
Henrik Simonsen’s recent painting ‘Plant Battle’ is inspired by a garden he created as a child at his family home in Denmark. Until now Eyestorm has solely exhibited his limited editions and his first exclusive Eyestorm screenprint, Blue and Orange, was released in 2011, marking the first of eleven more which were to follow over the next five years. Today we are proud to introduce an original painting by Simonsen.

Depicting a stunning array of flowers, shrubs and trees in his signature part figurative, part abstract style, Plant Battle was inspired by childhood memories. When Simonsen was 6 or 7 years old his parents gave him a small area of the garden at their family home in Denmark to make into his own patch. He took huge delight in planting anything that had the potential to develop flowers or leaves in vibrant colours, and would plant everything on top of one another, creating what he describes as a “plant battle royal”. A keen, aspiring gardener, the young Simonsen would check his garden every day; opening flower buds that he felt were too slow in showing their colours, and watering the garden even when it rained. Later in the season he would then dig up any plant that he liked from the main part of the garden - including weeds he was fond of - and add them in to his, although many of the transplants unfortunately did not survive the move.

An autobiographical piece in a sense, when speaking about the work, Simonsen fondly explains: “This painting is about the joy of things growing and living and me looking back and remembering the thrill of how I started playing with colours and plant textures”.

With its impressive array of rich and vibrant colours, from scarlet reds and powder pinks to indigo blues, turquoises and yellowy oranges, Plant Battle is a real feast for the eyes as Simonsen fuses delicate figurative drawing with experimental abstract forms in his trademark technique. Colour is as important to Simonsen as composition, and this painting is no exception as he carefully selects which hues work together, or in fact clash - something he’s very much a fan of - before choosing their position on the canvas.

As with much of Simonsen’s work, both original canvases and limited edition prints, this piece has an uplifting energy that’s difficult not be attracted to. Plant Battle provides a fantastic opportunity for any Simonsen collector who is looking to obtain a real stand-out piece.

Today Simonsen’s paintings start at US$20,000 / £15,000, are almost always reserved to show with his US gallery Wally Findlay, who have spaces in both New York City and Palm Beach. The second oldest gallery in America, it was founded in 1870, and alongside contemporary artists like Simonsen the gallery also shows original works by some of the world’s best-known period artists such as Degas, Van Gough and Picasso.

Simonsen’s solo exhibitions at his US gallery, which have been taking place once a year since 2012, are almost always a sell-out and the demand for his originals is high. Therefore we’re extremely pleased to have the rare opportunity to present original oil on canvas painting Plant Battle, exclusively available at Eyestorm.

See Plant Battle along with available limited edition prints by Henrik Simonsen on his artist’s page here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
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