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For HENZEL STUDIO, Robert Knoke pulled an abstraction from his portrait of artist Bruce LaBruce, a composition consisting of a dense mass of Knoke’s fingerprints.

“I like the moment when the act of drawing exuberates raw energy, it’s also about speed that I try to capture by moving
my blackened fingers very fast over the paper. It is like hitting the keyboard of a piano very hard and fast, where each touch leaves a fingerprint.”

Robert Knoke gained worldwide recognition over the past ten
years for his large-scale drawings of personalities shaping contemporary culture. He explores the genre of portraiture and its role in an era dominated by photography, redefining the genre for the 21st century. Knoke has obsessively developed an impressive body of work with a unique and vigorous signature style. His depiction of the human face and figure, neither illustrative nor defined by context, is delicate, sophisticated and elegant, and at times even dark, brutal and disturbing. Insistently working in solitude, he creates a self-imposed distance from his subjects working off of photographs he takes during first-time meetings with his subjects. In these informal settings, he carefully directs posture and facial expression with impulse, and moments later documents with a rawness that is comparable to mug shots. Knoke refrains from capturing an emotional facet of his subjects. Instead, he seeks to capture the raw and individualistic aspect that he initially and instinctually is drawn to. In the physical drawings, the figure stays planted within a space that disregards spatial or temporal boundaries. Abstractions are at times applied with fingerprints, paint smudges, monochrome forms or gestural lines, further shaping the figure and holding it in place. Although one would think that portraiture is the main theme of Knoke’s work, he is more concerned about the actual drawing than the life-like outcome of his subjects. For him, portraiture is just a point of departure, a vehicle to be able to explore the media itself. Still, Knoke curates his selection of subjects based on his own interests in culture, resulting in a personal embodiment of himself. People that have sat for Robert Knoke include Iris Apfel, Fabien Baron, Bret Easton Ellis, Nicola Formichetti, Gilbert & George, Gossip, Debbie Harry, Roni Horn, Marc Jacobs, The Kills, Terence Koh, Rick Owens, Andrée Putman, Patti Smith, Casey Spooner, Michael Stipe, Liza Thorn, Lawrence Weiner and Olivier Zahm, to name a few.

Hand knotted rug, New Zealand Wool & Silk, 150 knot
Custom size upon request
Courtesy of Henzel Studio

For HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS, Robert Knoke pulled an abstraction from his portrait of artist Bruce LaBruce, a composition consisting of a dense mass of Knokeís fingerprints.

ROBERT KNOKE - Bruce LaBruce, 2014

Henzel Studio Collaborations

Design: Robert Knocke

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Henzel Studio Collaborations

HENZEL STUDIO is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio’s ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past fifteen years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world.

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