Henri Haake was born in Lübeck in 1989. He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin from 2010-2016 under Professor Robert Lucander, spent a semester at Hunter College in New York City in 2013, and graduated with a Meisterschüler diploma in 2016. Henri Haake lives and works in Berlin, Germany. His pieces have been shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions.
In his paintings and drawings Henri Haake uses familiar motifs seen from unfamiliar perspectives. The depicted scenes are everyday – universal even and easily accessible to all. People are the central element in his works. But rather than placing them centre stage, he often has them on the edge of the canvas; sometimes their faces are cut off, or their eyes are closed, or only parts of their body are visible. More centred, Haake often shows objects such as the corner of a table, airplane seats or a tiger rug. These compositions allow viewers to notice the connections between things rather than the things themselves, as well as the act of painting itself, in terms of objects, space and colour.
Haake draws on personal memory, what he sees online and observations of everyday life. But he doesn’t translate this with exactitude. Instead, he arrives at his works circuitously through a process of experimentation and error. A closer look at the paintings’ surfaces reveals different layers of paint and old subjects that shimmer through. Once Haake feels a painted subject has failed, he paints over it. It’s a cycle of production and destruction that is very important as it allows him to have a playful approach to ideas and to balance the cerebral with the sensual. The colours are key as they convey palpable emotion and lure the viewer into seeing something they may feel but can’t quite name. A view of life now – not as a confrontational stare, but as a sideways glance.
The paintings capture that which is typically bypassed. The small, unremarked incidents of day-to-day existence and human behaviour. His pictures reflect the mood of his generation and emit the solitude or disconnectedness we can feel as we move through the world. They are playful, fluid and a bit sly, as well as contemplative and occasionally melancholic.
2016 Knispel Preis für Malerei und Zeichnung
group exhibitions (selected)
2022 GOING PLACES, Nicole Gnesa, Munich
2021 IN A MOMENT OF TIME, Ausstellung der Jahresgaben, Kunstverein Arnsberg
group show, OFFICE IMPART, Berlin
2019 Haake - Poznanska, KM28, Berlin
WHAT'S LEFT FROM PARADISE, Rundgänger, Frankfurt am Main
all out "small" closing, KWADRAT, Berlin
Kommunizierende Röhren, Salon René Holm, Berlin
2018 Demi-gros, Save Gallery, Berlin
That´s all right mama, XXY-Raum für Kunst, Berlin
2017 Unexpectations 2 - Wo die Blumen sind, Atrium Tower, Berlin
Warum bin ich eigentlich Deutscher,
2016 Berlin Masters, A3 Arndt Art Agency, Berlin
Meisterschülerausstellung, UdK, Berlin
Dialog der Residuen- Henri Haake & Jeewi Lee, Galerie Villa Köppe, Berlin
2015 _ndo, Museum Jorge Rando, Málaga
2014 Umwandlung, Quer-Gallery UDK, Berlin
2013 Open Studio, Hunter College, New York City
Nachschlag, Uferhallen Wedding, Berlin
2012 Berlin-London, Gutshaus Erlenbach, Zürich
2022 Honey Lotion, OFFICE IMPART, Berlin
2018 Panorama, Studio Dapontegasse, Wien
2012 Roter Rauch, Manzoni Schäper, Berlin
2010 Gleichzeitigkeit, Color Works, Lübeck