Hendrik Faure (DE)

Text/Translation GHA

Faure’s photogravures show still lives in seemingly haunted spaces. Objects of his studio are depicted in a state of decay creating a silent and somehow frightening imagery.

Using the technique of photogravure, the german photographer Hendrik Faure works with traditional etched copper, using large format negatives, analog copies or digital interpositives and rosin aquatint. In his early years of artistic practice he focused on black and white darkroom techniques, and later his interest in still life took protagonism in his work.

Depicting seemingly haunted spaces, Faure has developed a somehow frightening imagery of objects -his studio could easily be confused with a horror cabinet- such as skulls and mannequins that appear in a state of decay. But what makes Faure’s images especially somber are the deceased animals that he describes as his “models” – creatures that his neighbours donated to him, found in their lands. This strange yet harmonic combination of elements is handled with great delicacy and sensitivity. The artist’s interest for the organic, for life and death, may be related to his career in general medicine.



Hendrik Faure

Despite the disturbing and silent atmosphere he creates, one can also easily find beauty in Faure’s compositions. The sometimes surreal and morbid aesthetic of his images is combined with smoothy tonal gradations. The interaction between painting and photography also interests the artist – his picturesque prints are only recognizable as photographs at second glance.

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