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Henrik Simonsen

Fragile, 2012


100(w) x 120(h) cm
39.37(w) x 47.24(h) inches
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19 colour original screenprint on 300gsm Bockingford mould made paper

Framed in white John Jones frame

Image size: 80x100cm

Edition of 70
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Henrik Simonsen Biography

Henrik Simonsen uses nature as a central theme throughout his work, which he puts down to his Scandinavian roots due to the region’s long standing tradition for art, design and architecture inspired by natural forms. Freehand drawing forms the basis of Simonsen’s working practice, although the finished works are highly-finished paintings on canvas.

Simonsen is inspired by ‘Rococo’, a style of 18th century French art and interior design which saw elegant and ornate furniture, ornamental mirrors and tapestry that took its basic themes from the natural world, celebrating the organic and the sensuous. Simonsen is fascinated by the style’s lack of structure, and the way it embraces the bizarre and the beauty of natural phenomena to create a fairytale-like world. For Simonsen, creating the work is an organic process; the elements and materials used are allowed to ‘grow’ onto the canvas, each mark made leading to the next until the work is completed. Layers of paint and marks are built up on top of each other, nothing is erased; the history of a piece is important to Simonsen, as he feels it gives the painting a sense of having occupied a period in time. Colour has played a more significant part in Simonsen’s work more recently and he is interested in how paint interacts with the drawn graphite lines, giving them an important contrast.

For his latest body of work, Simonsen interweaves fairytale elements inspired by the stories of his compatriot, Hans Christian Andersen. In this new series of paintings, Simonsen delves into personal memories from childhood while exploring universal themes of love and sorrow, good and evil, death and rebirth. Rather than serving as illustrations, the paintings borrow from Andersen’s tales to subtly hint at the prevailing folly of the human condition. Echoing the very nature of its subject matter, Simonsen’s new work represents a subtle evolution of form to meet its ever developing function as a field-guide to the artist’s observations and experiences along the at-times overgrown path of existence.

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, and has shown his work alongside Dan Baldwin and Antony Micallef, who he once shared a studio with in Brighton after they studied their degree course together in Exeter. Simonsen was recently invited to create a piece for a museum in Belgium’s permanent collection. Other artists invited included Carl Andre, George Baselitz, Derek Boshier, Anthony Gormley, Claes Oldenburg and Gerard Richter. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


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OTHER WORKS BY THIS ARTIST
Henrik Simonsen - Fragile
Henrik Simonsen - Fragile
Henrik Simonsen - Fragile
Henrik Simonsen - Fragile
 

Scarlet

Hemlock Blue

Gold Dusk

Amber Dusk

 
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ABOUT THIS ARTIST
April 10th 2014
Today we’re excited to be presenting Hemlock Blue, Henrik Simonsen’s most recent screenprint edition, published by Artizan last month. When you first see Hemlock Blue in the flesh, the first thing that grabs you is the intense and just truly stunning blue that radiates from the surface of the paper.
July 16th 2013
There are only a few prints remaining of two of our most sought-after Henrik Simonsen screenprint editions Blue and Orange and Red With Dragonflies, and so this weekend will see a price rise of each print from £500/$625 to £600/$750.
April 23rd 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.
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.
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
October 24th 2014
We’re pleased to introduce Gill Rocca’s most recent limited edition print After Equinox. Primarily a painter working in oils, Gill presents the fourth limited edition of her 20 year career, which is printed onto Somerset satin paper with a hand torn edge in an edition of 60.
October 21st 2014
Today sees the launch of our most recent online auction, which features original paintings by Eyestorm artists including James Hunter, Lucie Bennett, Jonathan Purday, Emily Davey and David Jones.
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