Figures

Robert Koenig's is a unique voice in British sculpture, indeed it is doubtful that his work can properly be said to be British. It is European Sculpture, not as a transnational and indistinct idea of the modern world, but the product of a specific region and time, speaking through history. Koenig is part of a tradition that is resurfacing after a time of near invisibility. He drew from a culture of carving that was rooted in the folk art of Central Europe; a naturalistic depiction of the world with mythic overtones.
It is no coincidence that the small renaissance of wood carving apparent in Europe should have happened in Germany. It was given impetus and found acceptance through the painted wood sculpture of Georg Baselitz. In the line of Kirschner's expressionist figures the wood is scarred and the heads, excessive and gestural, have pigment dragged across them. They are the heads of idols, of ancestors. They came out of the expressionist tradition but made space for other artists to be seen.
It is against this background that Robert Koenig works.
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APHRODITE 1
APHRODITE 2 detail
Aphrodite 2
Aphrodite 2 detail 2
Dark Head
Charred man detail
CHARRED MAN
CROUCHING MAN
DARK LADY
FIGURE IN GREEN SKIRT PROFILE
FIGURE IN GREEN SKIRT
LADY OF SHALLOT
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