Stephan Balkenhol

Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery

Stephen Friedman Gallery presents Stephan Balkenhol’s ninth solo exhibition at the gallery. Devoid of expression or emotion, Balkenhol’s distinctive and timeless works are sculpted by his own hand, carved from a singular block of wood without the use of machinery.

Stephan Balkenhol was born in 1957 in Fritzlar, Germany. He lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany and Meisenthal, France. Balkenhol studied at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg from 1976-82. His focus on the human form and his intention to reintroduce figuration into contemporary art was a divergent response to the abstract, minimalist and conceptual approaches of the school during the 1970s.

Balkenhol’s anonymous figures are painted in simple colour combinations and appear both living and inanimate. They retain the grooves, cracks, chips and fissures that represent the sculpting process, demonstrating the artist’s raw and spontaneous treatment of the material. Balkenhol’s process advances the longstanding tradition of woodcarving in Germany, inviting comparisons to expressionist sculptors such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Ernst Barlach.

Duration 20 January 2023 - 25 February 2023
Times Tuesday–Friday, 10am–6pm. Saturday, 11am–5pm
Cost Free
Venue Stephen Friedman Gallery
Address 5–6 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LQ
Contact 4402074941434 / /