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Henrik Simonsen

Born in 1974 - Denmark

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Denmark in 1974, Henrik 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, and has shown his work alongside Dan Baldwin and Antony Micallef, who he once shared a studio with in Brighton after they studied their degree course together in Exeter.

Henrik Simonsen uses nature as a central theme throughout his work, which he puts down to his Scandinavian roots due to the region’s long standing tradition for art, design and architecture inspired by natural forms. Freehand drawing forms the basis of Simonsen’s working practice, although the finished works are highly-finished paintings on canvas.

Inspired by ‘Rococo’, Henrik Simonsen is fascinated by the style’s lack of structure, and the way the bizarre and the beauty of natural phenomena create a fairytale-like world. For Simonsen, creating the work is an organic process; the elements and materials used are allowed to ‘grow’ onto the canvas, each mark made leading to the next until the work is completed. Colour has played a more significant part in Simonsen’s work more recently and he is interested in how paint interacts with the drawn graphite lines, giving them an important contrast.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Henrik S. Simonsen - Plantscapes - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
2012
Henrik S. Simonsen - New paintings - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
2011
Henrik Simonsen: Where Wild Things Grow - Opus Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008
Group: Focus I - Forster Gallery, London
2005
Henrik Simonsen - The Art Movement, London


GROUP SHOWS

2014
Summertime´14 / The Big Annual Group Show - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
2012
Xmas´12 - The Big Group Show - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
Summertime 12 / The Big Group Show - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
2011
Answers on the Front of a Postcard - Opus Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
SUMMERTIME 11 - THE BIG GROUP SHOW - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
Artizan Editions - Belgrave Gallery St Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall
2010
X-MAS 10 - Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
Summer Exhibition - Opus Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Group show - Beaux Arts Bath, Bath, Somerset
2007
Ten At One - Forster Gallery, London
2006
Still Life Goes On - White Space Contemporary Art, Totnes, Devon
2005
"10 Years of AM" - The Art Movement, London

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