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Hemlock Blue, 2014

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Henrik Simonsen

Hemlock Blue, 2014


80(w) x 108(h) cm
31.50(w) x 42.72(h) inches
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20 colour screenprint on 300gsm Bockingford paper

Published by Artizan Editions


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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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OTHER WORKS BY THIS ARTIST
Henrik Simonsen - Untamed
Henrik Simonsen - Blue Butterflies
Henrik Simonsen - Yellow Light
Henrik Simonsen - Yellow Sloe
Henrik Simonsen - Pink Sloe
Henrik Simonsen - Orange Sloe
 

Untamed

Blue Butterflies

Yellow Light

Yellow Sloe

Pink Sloe

Orange Sloe

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ABOUT THIS ARTIST
August 25th 2017
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.
January 6th 2017
Henrik Simonsen’s most recent screenprint edition Yellow Light sees the artist use spring-inspired colours in this uplifting new piece, with mid blues, purples and pinks set against a vibrant yellow backdrop.
November 10th 2017
Henrik Simonsen’s most recent screenprint edition, Untamed, sees the artist use the rich, heavy, warm light of late summer as influence for the colours he uses in this 15-colour screenprint.
March 31st 2017
Featuring a single tree with butterflies for leaves, Danish artist Henrik Simonsen’s new print edition ‘Blue Butterflies’ displays a rich colour palette of silvery gold tones with a range of crisp blues.
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February 9th 2018
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