Attending the Hamburg School of Fine Arts from 1976 - 82, Balkenhol was exposed to the Minimalist and Conceptual trends popular at that time, with tutors including Nam June Paik and Sigmar Polke. His experience here, profoundly affected his subsequent artistic practice. Sensing an absence in these two schools of thought, Balkenhol sought out the human figure and began a considered campaign to reintroduce it into contemporary art, declaring: "I must reinvent the figure to resume an interrupted tradition".
As a renowned sculptor, Balkenhol is recognised not only for the technical prowess with which he hand carves each of his wooden sculptures, but for his continual devotion to exploring the role of the figure within contemporary art. The focus of the Linz show will be on works from the artists' most recent phase of work, including figurative group installations in which sculptures are linked with murals, and large-scale reliefs arising from the revision of photo ink jet on wood.
The exhibition runs from 23 October 2014 to 22 February 2015.