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Stephan Balkenhol (b. 1957)

German sculptor based in Meisenthal, France. He studied under Sigmar Polke and Nam June Paik at the Hamburg School of Fine Arts (1976–82), but rejected their Minimalist and Conceptual approaches in favour of making representations of the human figure that are either carved from wood or cast in bronze, and usually painted. His work has been exhibited throughout the world, and he has carried out numerous public commissions, including: Man with Fish, Chicago (2000); Eiserner Man, Cleves Zoo, Germany (2004); Sphaera, Salzburg (2007); and Richard Wagner, Leipzig (2013), all in bronze. His Everyman, a painted bronze figure on a galvanised steel tower, stands at the entrance to Waverley Court, Edinburgh (2006–07).

Bibliography: Stephen Friedman Gallery – Stephan Balkenhol; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 114–16.

Ray McKenzie 2018