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Henrik Simonsen

Blue and Orange, 2011


84(w) x 84(h) cm
33.07(w) x 33.07(h) inches
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15-colour screenprint on acid free 300gsm Bockingford paper

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Henrik Simonsen Biography

Arresting and mysterious, Henrik Simonsen's paintings of nature are obsessively accurate in form yet almost abstract in composition and hue. Depicting each fine blade of grass, delicate leaf and spindly twig within their natural habitat, they are a surreal fusion between landscape and Dutch floral still life. The significance of colour in Simonsen’s work is undeniable. Often abandoning realism in his pallet, he creates strong contrasts which allow the luminosity of the paint to sing on the canvas, at times giving the feel of a solorized photograph or alien atmosphere.

Simonsen's obsession for flora and fauna is attributed to his Scandinavian roots due to the region’s long standing tradition for art, design and architecture inspired by natural forms. He is also fascinated by elements of the French 'Rococo' style, especially its lack of structure, and the way it embraced the bizarre and beautiful, opulently celebrating the organic and the sensuous. This influence can be seen in works such as tapestry (2008) & inbetween (2008) where he uses repetitive motifs resembling those found in the period.

Inspired by the stories of his compatriot, Hans Christian Andersen, Simonsen interweaves dark and humerus elements of fairytale onto particular works. Innocently beautiful depictions of Hemlock, Henbane and Black Berry, are dressed with name tags resembling gift cards or the 'eat me' 'drink me' labels of Alice in Wonderland. A dangerous distraction to their true poisonous, psychoactive and thorny motives. Rather than serving as illustrations, the paintings borrow from Andersen’s tales to subtly hint at the prevailing folly of the human condition. “For me personally the draw of the subject matter is its inexhaustible richness and metaphorical ability to speak of human existence. Of life, passion and the brevity of existence.”

Each painting begins with what Simonsen feels is the most important part of his process, freehand drawings which he works and reworks. “The attraction to drawing stems from the directness of the mark making process and the simple, yet magical way lines on a surface create shapes and forms.” Creating the work is an organic process itself; the elements and materials ‘grow’ onto the canvas by splashing, pouring and brushing the paint in layers. Nothing is erased and the fine monochrome lines of graphite from the original drawing contrast with with the bolder hues and textures of the oils. This visible history is important, as Simonsen feels it gives the painting a sense of having occupied a period in time.

Born in Denmark in 1974, Simonsen studied art in his native country before spending two years studying in New York and then at Exeter College of Art and Design. He has exhibited his work in group shows throughout the UK, in America and in his native Denmark. He has shown his work alongside his collage peers Dan Baldwin and Antony Micallef. He was invited along with artists such as Carl Andre, Anthony Gormley and Gerard Richter to create a unique piece for the permanent collection of SONS museum in Belgium’s. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


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March 20th 2016
Inspired by colour in nature, our new exclusive limited edition screenprints by Danish artist Henrik Simonsen depict the progression of a sunny day. Read more about the work below. As always it’s a pleasure to work with Henrik Simonsen in the print studio as he creates his stunning screenprints, and this time round we were excited to be making not just one but four new editions with this talented artist.
April 3rd 2014
When we first started showing Danish artist Henrik Simonsen 's work at Eyestorm over seven years go, we were unaware of how successful and collectable his work would become.
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.
October 7th 2015
Next week sees the opening of Henrik Simonsen’s solo show of original paintings at the prestigious Wally Findlay gallery in Manhattan. Eyestorm are proud to have been working with Henrik for a number of years, publishing many limited edition screenprints with him, our first being ‘Blue and Orange’ in 2011.
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December 9th 2016
Lucie Bennett is best known for using single minimal lines - whether painted, screenprinted or produced in neon - to create distinctive works based around the image of the female body.
December 2nd 2016
The artist is often referred to as a pioneer of the Young British Artists (YBAs); a movement which revolutionized the art scene in the late 80’s and 90’s with pieces that shocked, reeked and offended, at a time when collected fine art was typically polished and pristine.
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