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Hans petersen

Hans Henrik Petersen is a Danish modern artist/ graphic arts designer who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark after the close of World War II. He has worked most of his adult life in New York City and the U.S. Southeast. Currently, he resides with his wife Barbara in SC where he paints in his studio on Lake Wylie. Youth and Inspiration: Hans’ father was a lawyer and his mother worked at home raising her two young sons. His maternal grandfather was a letterpress printer who printed art books and exposed Hans to art museums and sophisticated printing styles. While a young lad Hans enjoyed the touch of wet paint and the associated aromas generated in an art laboratory. His first memory of a modern art painting is of a forest scene created by William Scharf that he saw in a free art museum pamphlet. William Scharf is an abstract-expressionist painter whose work is noted for its expansive color applied with sweeping gestures and bold structures. He is an artist who seems better known among other artists than the general public. In high school Hans took an art history class and travelled with his classmates to Paris, where at the Louvre, he became enamored with the paintings of Marc Chagall. Later, Hans took great delight in designing programs for school plays. In 1968 he had aspired to attend the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, but was deterred from doing so due to a hostile takeover of the prestigious art school by a Marxist student group. He worked a few years for a graphic design firm and in more calm times entered the Royal Academy for studies. There he was inspired by the CoBrA movement. To this day his work draws on the movement’s basic principles that inject color and excitement into his work. The acronym of CoBrA is derived from the names of the cities Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, home cities of the artists who founded CoBrA during a major international conference held in Paris in 1948. Asgar Jorn (1914 - 1973), a Danish painter and member of CoBrA influenced Hans' artistic expression more than any other artist. Jorn is best known for thickly-painted canvases, often produced by automatism or random means, and related to action painting.

Emigration from Denmark: In 1976 after a holiday trip to Majorca, Hans decided abruptly to leave for a new life in New York City. Here he worked at the leading pre-press agency where he gained his strong foundation for understanding all aspects of color separations for print media. After three years he left this position to become a principal and creative director for a successful design firm specializing in corporate identity and promotions. As a young professional he created his own furniture from pressed-wood and painted his own canvases to hang on the wall of his flats in NYC. Home Base in the US Southeast but His Paintings Have Gone Global: He relocated to Charlotte N.C. in 1991, where his innovative graphic style distinguished the International Furnishing Center’s Promotional material for more than 15 Years. In 2005 Hans decided to dedicate his life as a full time painter and dedicated artist. His work is in galleries in New York City, Hoboken, NJ, Charlotte, NC, Stamford, CT, and Monterrey, CA, and in private collections around the world. Hans’ love of architecture dates back to his student years in Copenhagen and inspires his ongoing ART-I-TECTURE series. This work reflects how Hans processes different aspects of architecture and environments and translates them into abstract, graphic and expressionistic paintings. As the name suggests, he relies on his knowledge of architecture and color to create visions of real or imagined images. The series continues to evolve. Hans Henrik Petersen has painted more than 350 canvases, mostly life size works, and continues to evolve and paint more enthusiastically as each year passes. In 2011, Hans was named a Top 50 Emerging Artist by Art Business News. Awards in 2012 include: • Best Solo Artist, 2012 New York Art Expo, • Featured Artist for Beaux Arts Festival, Coral Gables, Florida • Best Artist, 39th Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. Artist Statement: “Paintings with impact bring me pleasure. I strive to infuse a distinctive energy and character into my work to achieve excitement for myself and for others. If it goes unnoticed, it simply wasn’t worth (while) painting. Painting for me is a process of wanting to explore something different each time I address a new canvas but it is a process of relating to what I have done before."

Hans Petersen paintings

"Smile"

60" x 72" Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

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"Blue Mood"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Cool"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Dog in Snowstorm"

48" x 72" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Eye on You"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Kiss Me"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Last Night"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Love Art no. 7"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas  SOLD

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"Love Art no. 19"

40" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas  SOLD

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"Love Art no. 1"

36" x 60" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Love Art no. 2" 

36" x 60" Acrylic on Canvas

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"Twins"

36" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas

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