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Henrik Simonsen

Denmark Born in: 1974
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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