It is with great pleasure that Galleri Christoffer Egelund presents the solo show GARDEN TALES by Henrik S. Simonsen. The Danish artist lives and works in England, where also most of his exhibitions take place. Therefore, with this exhibition the Danish audience gets an unique chance to experience a greater variety of the popular artist's alluring works of nature. Along with the solo show, in the project room, the gallery shows the graphic exhibition PRINTS PRINTS PRINTS. Here you can experience an excellent range of original, international prints of high quality.
The exhibition GARDEN TALES consists of a series of Henrik S. Simonsen’s new paintings, where red, blue, black and turquoise dominate. For years his work has had nature as an essential theme. It is the wild nature's infinite variety and complexity in even the simplest forms, he captures on his canvases. His fascination with nature is linked to its inexhaustible richness and metaphorical ability to speak of human existence. At his latest works, we see fairytales as an influence, which the exhibition’s title also indicates. He embeds the fairytales in his colorful and life-affirming paintings, and as a viewer the imagination is supported by titles such as Witches Gloves and The Ant and the Grasshopper.
Drawing is vital to Henrik S. Simonsen's work. He draws the various elements freehand and prefers to keep all drawings as part of the finished work. The marks reveal the birth of the piece, a deliberate move to avoid an impenetrable and anonymous surface. In his latest paintings we encounter a clash between the drawn elements and fields with oil paint, which is either poured or thrown at the canvas. The Danish artist’s modern representation of nature is comparable to other art from Scandinavia, inspired by natural forms. Simonsen is also influenced by the Rococo-period; a movement developed in the early part of the 18th century France. Here artists found inspiration in nature, and celebrated the organic and a-symmetric. Finally, he also finds inspiration from the 18th and 19th century decorative wallpapers and Chinese screen painting.
Henrik S. Simonsen (b. 1974) graduated from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London and Montclaire University, New York. He has exhibited at the Royal Opera House (2008), London and in New York, and he has had several solo shows in renowned galleries such as Forster Gallery in London, Opus Gallery in Newcastle and Byard Gallery in Cambridge. His paintings, drawings and prints are in numerous private and corporate collections including the impressive art collection at the high-profile St. Pancras Hotel in London, which also includes works by Donald Judd ect. Finally, several galleries has shown great interest in exhibiting his works in the near future.