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HENRIK SIMONSEN | 'Blue Hour' | New Print Edition
June 26th 2019
Danish artist Henrik Simonsen has time and time again captivated us with his ability to represent the beauty of nature’s forms, composition, light, and colour through his original prints and paintings. An artist who is inspired by his time spent in the Scandinavian countryside, Simonsen not only creates works from his observations of plants’ and flowers’ physical features, but also from his personal impressions and experiences of nature.
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Whether it is the feeling of new hope in the early spring as young flowers start to bloom, or the looming darkness of sunset when the sky burns a deep orange and the silhouettes of the trees loom tall in the low light, each new work from Simonsen is a unique impression of the natural world - exuding an otherworldly quality, and yet also touching on feelings we are all familiar with.

Perhaps one of the most important elements of Simonsen’s practice is his palette. While the plants and trees he draws are carefully observed from the natural world, through his use of intense, bright and bold colours he allows his works to push beyond the boundaries of nature and reality, and enter the world of imagination and fantasy.

With colour playing such an important role in the Simonsen’s work it seems only natural that in his latest print edition, the artist celebrates one of his favourite colours inspired by his Scandinavian routes - the colour blue. Representing both the sky and the water, Simonsen has always had a passion for the colour blue, and it is one that appears over and over in his works in different variations, such as Blue Butterflies (2017) and Blue Grass (2018). In this new print edition Blue Hour we see a complete work dedicated to Simonsen’s fascination with this colour.

Blue Hour refers to a period of time that happens just twice a day - right before the sun appears on the horizon in the morning, and just after it has set in the evening. At these unique times of day, the indirect light creates a serene wash over the landscape with everything appearing differing shades of blue. Simonsen describes this light as having a sense of magic, and he is fascinated by its power to change the colours of nature for a moment in time.
HENRIK SIMONSEN
Blue Hour, 2019

Edition of 38
8 Artist Proof (APs)

108(w) x 88(h) cm
42.52(w) x 34.65(h) inches
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HENRIK SIMONSEN
Blue Hour, 2019

Edition of 38
8 Artist Proof (APs)

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

Blue Hour , 2019

108(w) x 88(h) cm
42.52(w) x 34.65(h) inches
14 colour screenprint on Somerset Satin 410gsm paper

Image size: 100 x 80cm

Signed and numbered on front by the artist.

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Edition of 38
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A complex multi-layered print, Simonsen has carefully drawn the individual plants represented in Blue Hour in a way that best captures their own distinct form. Fascinated with the study and observation of nature, he uses his collection of botanical books as a reference, as well as the many photographs and sketches he takes when back in the Danish countryside. Blue Hour could be described as a more ‘close-up’ view of his plants than previous works by the artist, and we can therefore appreciate the details and nuances of the forms he is representing and perhaps even recognise particular plant varieties.

Each layer of the screenprint is carefully built up in varying shades of blue - some with subtle contrasts, and others strikingly bold against the background. The layers appear to intertwine and merge creating a sense of depth and movement in the work - and despite its monochromatic appearance, there are seemingly endless shades and tones that make up the final work. The resulting image is haunting, emphasised by the delicate layers of blue and capturing not only the impressionistic light and colour of the ‘blue hour’, but also the distinct feeling of the beginning as well as the end; Feelings which are inherently linked with these times of day.

Simonsen reflects ‘’Because it occurs twice a day it has a sense of completion to it. I always felt that after an end follows a beginning, but similarly that the end is also the beginning. To me Blue Hour is both the start and the end contained within one set of colours.’’

As an audience we can impart our own personal memories and feelings to this work. For some Blue Hour may give us a sense of anticipation - the feeling of what’s to come when the full light of the sun appears and the world bursts into colour. For others the work may impart the sensation of the end of a day, as everything starts to quiet, slow down, and the light gently fades away. Simonsen is somehow able to capture these very opposing impressions through this single work. Whichever is experienced is unique to the individual.

The print edition Blue Hour is available from £1895.00 and you can find more details about this, and other available work by Henrik Simonsen, on his artist page here.
 
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