Junge Frau (Young Woman), lithograph on 210 g/qm Alt-Meißen-laid paper, 65 x 51 cm. /25.6 x 20.1 inches, hand signed by the artist, 2015
Junger Mann (Young Man), lithograph on 210 g/qm Alt-Meißen-laid paper, 65 x 51 cm. /25.6 x 20.1 inches, hand signed by the artist, 2015
The Lady and the Unicorn, portfolio of 6 coloured woodcuts, printed on Somerset Satin paper 300 grams, each 76 x 56 cm. /29.9 x 22 inches, edition 40 (plus 10 AP numbered in Roman Numbers I - X)), each signed and numbered, 2008
€ 10.000,- set
€ 2.000,- individually (numbered in Roman Numbers I - X)
to my only desire
Dating from the 15th century "The Lady and the Unicorn" is a series of 6 tapestries inspired by a German legend from the same period. Each trapestry employs identical elements: a lady and a unicorn on a kind of island. Of the 6 scenes, 5 illustrate a sense: hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. The 6th, "To my only desire" on a contrary leaves free reign to the imagination.
Through their beauty and their sense of mystery, the images harbour a secret, just as in Balkenhol's work. "My sculptures don't tell stories. Something mysterious in concealed within them. It is not my task to reveal this, but the task of the viewer to discover it".
In a desire to bridge the past to the present, he accepts a legacy and, once the subject absorbed, reconstitutes it with his intellectual and cultural references.
Thus Balkenhol's woodcuts, imbue the images of The Lady and the Unicorn with a new dynamic, adding his own part of mystery to the secret surrounding the original work, leaving the beholder total freedom of interpretation.