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Balkenhol, Stephan

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00010750
Balkenhol, Stephan

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Hamburg.

Born 1957, in Fritzlar.

Sculptor, draughtsman. Figures, portraits.

Stephan Balkenhol was a pupil of Ulrich Rückriem. Influenced by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Balkenhol's mode of expression is nonetheless figurative. He carves in wood (often birch), later painting it to produce heads or large figures, which he sometimes integrates into city life as trompe-l'oeils in squares or buildings. His sculptures are monumental in three dimensions or almost flat, painted casually and still bearing the mark of the burin. They do not represent specific beings but people encountered in the crowd, distinguishable in their physiognomies, and sometimes by the colours of their clothes. In the same way, he presents animals such as penguins, snails, bears or lions, setting them in group scenes. He started to add a symbolic note to his work with ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Sculpture and Carving ; Contemporary Art ; 20th-Century Art

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