Henrik Simonsen - To Grow | An Exhibition of Recent Works

  • PALM BEACH, Florida
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  • March 19, 2022

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Henrik Simonsen | Spring | oil on canvas | 51 x 55 in. | FG© 140669
Findlay Galleries
Henrik Simonsen | Summer | oil on canvas | 51 x 55 1/4 in. | FG© 140670
Findlay Galleries

Findlay Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of Henrik Simonsen - To Grow, an exhibition of recent works by the contemporary Danish painter. The exhibition of Simonsen's works opens on Monday, April 4th, at Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach. 

“As an artist working alone in my studio, I was fortunate to have my own space during the pandemic; but none of us exist in isolation. The influence from the outside world filtered through me onto the canvas. I became more aware of time than ever, how we measure it and what it means to us. For me, my experience of time altered, stretched, felt longer, and more fragile. Everything slowed down and seemed less defined.

Many of the paintings in this exhibition originated from the observation of time. For example, the four paintings that make up the season series demonstrate the change in the natural world that occurs during a year in Northern Europe, while the works from the light series (Winter Light and “Green Light) aim to capture an ephemeral and brief moment. 

As the world opened and scaled-down on its restrictions, my work also took on a renewed sense of space as it acquired layers of depth. This renewed sense of space is the source of the perceived three-dimensional quality that enhances the precise details that make up the elements in my work.” – Henrik Simonsen, 2022

Henrik Simonsen | Yellow Sky | oil on canvas | 31 3/8 x 23 1/2 in. | FG© 140680
Findlay Galleries

The works of Henrik Simonsen connect the viewer with the mysterious and almost magical side of nature. While exacting in detail and technically virtuous, his paintings are truly about the spirit behind that which man did not create. The craggy forms of his trees, the rhythms of the leaves, the detailed petals in his flowers are all a reminder of the natural world’s beauty; and yet, they are not realistic or naturalistic works, they are contemporary works that combine the strength and movement of abstract painting with an insight of nature’s rhythm and beauty.

Celebrating 152 years in business, Findlay Galleries is an iconic family art business founded in 1870. Specializing in Impressionism, European Modernism, l'Ecole de Rouen, L'Ecole de Paris, and 20th Century American Art, the gallery represents over 100 artists and artist estates. Named Wally Findlay Galleries since 1965, the business was acquired in 1998 by James R. Borynack. A longtime Findlay executive, Borynack was committed to the relentless pursuit of veritable European period works and contemporary artists. In 2016 Borynack also acquired the David Findlay Jr. Gallery and merged the two. Since then, the gallery has operated under its original name from 1870, Findlay Galleries, and has continued to offer a strong collection of both period works and contemporary art, both European and American.

Juan Pretel
Findlay Galleries

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