Henry Krokatsis born 1965 in London, UK, lives and works in London, UK.
Krokatsis works with a wide range of materials – smoke, found wood, broken glass, antique mirrors - giving each of his works a unique expression. There seems to be something the works all hold in common though, an attempt to convey an atmosphere, a feeling of something intentionally unspecific, uncanny. The elaborate nature of the labour involved hints at an obsessive behavior that is quietly unsettling, this in contrast to the seductive craftsmanship and unexpected warmth of the materials in their new context. His marriage of make-do opportunism and highly developed craft skill is, as Krokatsis says, an act of faith in the bankrupt. I want to make objects that oscillate between the destitute and the divine, Krokatsis states. For all the interplay of symbolic significance and contingency, for all the layers of meaning that are hinted at, his work is clearly not a conduit for an overlaid narrative; this is not art to make sense of the world – it is an act of faith, it’s art as a spell.
Krokatsis has a BA in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic, UK and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Selected solo-shows include Origin of the Black Rainbow, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, BR (2013); Part Time Paradise, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2011); Themes & Variations, Script and Space, Gastone Novelli and Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, IT (2011); Like a Gang of Virtue, FAS, London, UK (2010)
Selected group-shows include Art Park Ordrupgaard (2015); WARP & WOOF, The Hole, New York, US (2014); I Chear A Dead Man’s Sweetheart, De la Warr Pavillion, East Sussex, UK (2014); Painting Without Paint, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2012); Let There Be Light, Gazelli Art House, London, UK (2012); A Fire In The Masters House Is Set, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, UK (2011); Vorspiel Part I, Maud Piquion & Partner, Berlin, GE (2010);
Krokatsis is represented in the collections of Ordrupgaard (DK), David Roberts Art Foundation (UK), Zabludowicz Art Trust (UK), New Art Gallery Walsall (UK) as well as the Government Art Collection (UK).