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HENRIK SIMONSEN | 'LATE SUMMER' | NEW PRINT EDITION
December 7th 2018
Henrik Simonsen describes his art as having a starting point in nature and the seasons - though not the literal translation of these elements, but more so his unique impressions and emotional response to them: observations of the way the light appears at certain times of the year; the changing life cycle of the plants; and that feeling of new beginnings or in some cases, the end of an era. Simonsen’s unique ability to depict not only the figurative elements of nature, but to tell stories, and induce unexpected emotions through his works, is perhaps no better illustrated than in this exclusive new print edition, Late Summer.
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In Simonsen’s Late Summer, a 17-colour limited edition screen print, the artist depicts a moment almost all of us have experienced but perhaps never stopped to observe or consider. At the end of a warm, late summer’s day the sun falls in the sky, casting a low angled light that filters through the trees. There is a unique visual effect on nature that is created by this light just before dusk. Shadows grow long and the shapes of the taller trees seem to dissolve - their colours darken almost to black. Simultaneously, the lower lying grass and flowers appear clearer, their colours radiant from the orange rays of the setting sun. Simonsen captures these unique contrasts in Late Summer with the tall looming trees appearing almost menacing in their darkness, towering above the bright pink and green shapes in the foreground.

Alongside the visual effects of light, Simonsen is particularly interested in the life cycle of nature and the personal feelings that the seasons evoke. He describes Late Summer as representing the time of year when the plants have given all their energy to growing in the spring and summer and there is an imminent sense that it is coming to an end, as the plants start to fade for the coming winter. At the same time, there is also hope as new seedlings from plants that have finished flowering, float into the air (alluded to by the white spots scattered over the image) - a promise of new beginnings in the distant future. Simonsen likens nature’s process to his own personal feelings at this time of year - when the knowledge that the end of summer is nigh, allows for greater appreciation for what is left of it.
HENRIK SIMONSEN
Late Summer, 2018

Edition of 60
6 Artist Proof (APs)

74(w) x 88(h) cm
29.13(w) x 34.65(h) inches
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Henrik Simonsen (Danish, b. 1974)

Late Summer , 2018

74(w) x 88(h) cm
29.13(w) x 34.65(h) inches
17 Colour Screenprint on Somerset 410g Rad White Paper.

Signed and numbered by the artist on front.
Edition of 60
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$ 1,170.00
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While Simonsen may take direct inspiration from nature, his works could be described as anything but naturalistic. Indeed, they more often take on a fantastical, otherworldly expression through bright and contrasting colours and semi-abstracted forms. Simonsen wishes to depict nature beyond just its physical form - imagining his trees and plants alive (in more ways than one), with their own voices and thoughts. These more whimsical ideas are a product of the artist’s childhood - growing up next to a forest and with a vivid imagination fueled by the stories of Hans Christian Anderson and C.S. Lewis. For Simonsen, nature has always had a fairy-tale element, and like the works of these classic storytellers, his art can express themes of life, death, love, sorrow, hope and loss.

Viewers are therefore invited to form their own stories in this work. Some may interpret Late Summer as a quite haunting image - a ghostly presence formed by the dark trees looming tall in the background. Perhaps, as darkness descends, they will come alive and transform into creatures of the forest? Others may see the work as telling a more optimistic story - a nostalgic reminder of those long summer evenings when the day never seems to end. For Simonsen, Late Summer is a depiction of both. Yes, there is a sense of the end as winter approaches, but there is also an appreciation of the long sun-filled summer that has been - and a knowledge that without this change of season, we would not appreciate one or the other, nor be able to look forward to when summer finally comes around again.

You can find the new print edition, Late Summer, and other available work by Henrik Simonsen on his artist page here.
 
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