Stephan Balkenhol

Stockholm

May 17–August 11, 2019

Stephan Balkenhol 

Man with Black Suit in front of Golden Background, 2016

Painted wawa wood

140h x 99w cm

55.12h x 38.98w inches

STB105

Stephan Balkenhol

Relief Man, 2019

Painted wawa wood

30h x 30w cm

11.81h x 11.81w inches

STB104

Stephan Balkenhol

Woman in a Burgundy Dress, 2019

Painted wawa wood

171h x 37w x 31d cm

67.32h x 14.57w x 12.20d inches

STB099

Stephan Balkenhol

Big Head, 2019

Wawa wood

235h x 76w x 115d cm

92.52h x 29.92w x 45.28d inches

STB102

Stephan Balkenhol

Woman Hermes, 2019

Painted wawa wood

230h x 113w x 60d cm

51.18h x 38.98w inches

STB100

Stephan Balkenhol 

Man on Couch, 2019

Wawa wood

150h x 250w cm

59.06h x 98.43w inches

STB103

Stephan Balkenhol 

Man, 2019

Wawa wood

130h x 99w cm

51.18h x 38.98w inches

STB107

Stephan Balkenhol 

Woman with White Shirt and Blue Pants, 2019

Painted wawa wood

169h x 36w x 27d cm

66.54h x 14.17w x 10.63d inches

STB098

Stephan Balkenhol 

Man with Black Pants and White Shirt, 2018

Painted poplar wood

211h x 65w x 35d cm

83.07h x 25.59w x 13.78d inches

STB106

Stephan Balkenhol

Man with Light Blue Shirt, 2019

Painted wawa wood

173h x 36w x 27d cm

68.11h x 14.17w x 10.63d inches

STB097

Stephan Balkenhol (1957)

Tetris Triptych, 2019

Painted wawa wood

200h x 300w x 5d cm

STB108

Press Release

Stephan Balkenhol 
Galerie Forsblom Stockholm
May 17–August 11, 2019
Opening in the presence of the artist, May 16, 5–7pm

Galerie Forsblom is proud to present an exhibition with Stephan Balkenhol for the first time at the gallery in Stockholm. Balkenhol has been working with figurative sculptures since the 1980’s. Working foremost with wood as his material, he carves his sculptures from a massive wooden block that remains as foundation or a pedestal to the sculpture.  Each strike of the chisel is left visible in the raw wood, of origins as wawa and poppel.

 

The sculptures portray people in detail and with realistic features, often dressed in modern, everyday clothes in primary colors painted on the wooden surface. With a close to ambivalent expression in the faces of the sculptures, there is an opportunity to interpret different emotions, to identify ourselves and create a story around the works. In the exhibition, there are also reliefs and a free-standing gigantic head sculpture. The physical presence of the sculptures and their intrinsic three-dimensional form create a spatiality that is tangible.

 

Balkenhol’s work refers to our human existence and he has also created symbolic sculptures of Death, as well as animals, landscapes and large public installations. Working in a traditional old technique combined with a contemporary expression, Balkenhol has created his own distinct visual language in his works.

 

Balkenhol (b. 1957) lives and works in Meisenthal, France and in Karlsruhe, Germany. Balkenhol is educated at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (1982) and he has served as professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany since 1992. Balkenhol has been exhibited in numerous solo- and group exhibitions around the world and his works are represented in prominent collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Stephan Balkenhol since 2009.