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The man behind the many faces

July 2018

Meet the artist

Henrik Larsen Kirkeby is a 37-year-old Danish artist mainly known for his acrylic portraits. Even so, his style is very recognizable because of his originality, he is ever evolving and exploring new ways to challenge himself.

In this interview we take a closer look at the man behind the many faces


What do you do besides being an artist?

When I am not painting I am a family man – spending time with my wife Sofie and our 3 year old daughter Siv is a great gift. In spring we welcommed a new member of the family – so it is definitely a great time in my life. I also attend University where I’m currently taking a BA in Designculture.

How and when did you get interested in art?

I have always been drawn to creative processes, mainly I have worked with drawing and painting. Drawing was a huge part of my childhood, and soon I found that I had a natural interest in creating something from pure imagination. Letting art evolve and taking risks in the process is a huge part of my work. I often find it in the chaos and wildness of the strokes that the true creativeness is unleashed.



How would you describe your style?

Ever evolving and always exploring. I like to challenge my style and not become stagnant, always drawing from inspirations to further my own personal style – I feel my style has evolved into a more mature and concrete style – working specifically with human inspiration has really helped me in this process.

What are your sources for inspiration?

Nature, people, media, other artists.


Who are your favourite artist?

I have a lot of artists I really love and find hugely inspirational. Michael Kvium is definitely one of my favourites – his dark melancholic depictions of human nature are a great source of inspiration to me. Emilio Vilalba and Ryan Hewett are two of my favourite artist at this time. The both work with portraiture with a modern twist. I love their use of colours and the abstract in their works.

How is the creation process for you?

I like to work freely and not have a ”final plan” when I start up a new work. I prefer to let the artwork evolve and take on its own personality as we go. I sometimes lightly sketch up the canvas before I begin – other times I work from a complete blank.

What are your favourite materials to work with?

Paper, canvas, ink, acrylic, graphite, pens, brushes, spatulas.



What is the best advice given to you as an artist?

Don’t try to define your style completely – always stay open to be inspired and don’t be afraid to work boldly. Sometimes the greatest lessons come from mistakes. Sometimes the real beauty stems from these unforeseen strokes and mixtures.

What are you most proud of in your life?

Allowing my inner child to stay a part of me. I feel life should not be taken too seriously – stay open and creative and remember what inspired you when you were young.

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