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HENRIK SIMONSEN | 'AMBER DUSK' AND 'GOLD DUSK'

September 13th 2013
We’re delighted to present the release of Amber Dusk and Gold Dusk, our two stunning new screenprint editions by Henrik Simonsen.

Speaking from his studio in Berlin, Henrik talks to Angie about the new prints.

Angie Davey: The new prints, Amber Dusk and Gold Dusk, are more complex than previous editions such as 'Blue & Orange' and Red With Dragonflies'. Is this the way your work is going in general, in terms of paintings as well as print works?

Henrik Simonsen: I think it is important for artists to keep evolving their work. It can be difficult to see what is changing and what the direction the work is going in when you’re in the middle of it. The new paintings I’m working on at the moment are moving towards something denser and more complex, but with areas of empty space and flat colour. With my work it seems that where the paintings go the prints follow, and I think this is illustrated in these new print editions.

AD: Tell us more about the colours you used in these new editions and what they signify.

HS: The titles of these prints give the inspiration away. When dusk starts to settle, colours start changing very quickly. Certain colours fade into neutral but others seem to almost glow in the growing darkness. Whites, yellows, paler blues and some oranges do this, and this is why I used these tones as a basis of these works. For me the prints are about the ability that some colours have to glow, even when darkness sets in. The word ‘colours’ can be replaced with ‘people’, ‘memories’, ‘places’, making them symbolic.

AD: Can you explain, in terms of technique, what the main differences are between the two editions?

HS: It was a challenge to make two prints, side by side, that are so closely related. Amber Dusk is made as other original screen prints I have done. I make the art work on sheets of drafting film and the images are built up a colour at the time. Gold Dusk started off in the same way, but because it’s a low edition print there was a chance to work on top of each individual print by hand, each one in a slightly different way to the next. This is something I’ve often been tempted to do but with large editions it’s not really practical. So Gold Dusk but a perfect opportunity and I also got to play around with gold and copper leaf, which was great fun and something I want to try out in future paintings. I used paint to give each print a little separate addition with my brush; I love the idea that each one is unique. The first print was the most difficult as I felt like I was vandalising it, but when I saw them with the metal leaf and paint then it all came together and I was very happy with the result.

AD: What other projects are you working on at the moment?

HS: It’s been a busy time. I recently moved to Berlin from Brighton and it’s been a lot of extra work relocating my studio, but I am back up and running now, which is good timing with exhibitions coming up. I have a solo show of paintings with the gallery that represents me in New York and another solo show with the gallery that shows me in Copenhagen. Then there are several fairs with Eyestorm - AAF in New York and then Multiplied at Christies, both in October, which I’m excited about as this will be when we launch the new prints. There’s lots going on but it all very exciting so worth all the hard work.

See Amber Dusk and Gold Dusk in more detail here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
 
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