Henri Preiss

My practice is inspired by urban architecture and how it unravels layers of Histories. Specifically, I am fascinated by the monumental ideas and concept that underpin the great city structures and the reality of their inherent chaos and decay.
This fundamentally informs the composition of work and how each piece and each element of each piece sits (un)comfortably beside and/or within one another. By examining a very broad framework of art history to identify common elements (motifs, compositions, color schemes and symbolism) that arise time and again over the centuries and throughout seemingly disparate and disconnected cultures. Once identified, I abstract this language down to its most basic visual components, and then recombine them into complex, multi-layered pieces that aims to tap into archetypal visual and aesthetic language.


Curriculum Vitae





2001 MA Scenography, Central Saint Martins

1998 Professional degree in Scenography, Art Academy of Latvia 

1996 BA Scenography, Art Academy of Latvia

Solo Exhibitions

2013 New Paintings. Platform 39, London, UK

2013 Artifacts. Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Latvian National Museum of Arts, Riga, LV

2009 The Third Degree. James Freeman Gallery, London, UK

2007 Icon Resistance. James Freeman Gallery, London, UK

2005 Istaba Gallery, Riga, Latvia       

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Purvītis Prize 2015. Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Latvian

2015 SCOPE NEW YORK. Gallery Bastejs, New York, USA  

2015 SCOPE BASEL 2015. Gallery Bastejs, Basel, Switzerland  

2015 START art fair at SAATCHI GALLERY. Gallery Bastejs, London, UK  

2015 SCOPE BASEL MIAMI BEACH. Gallery Bastejs, Miami Beach, USA

2015 Artists of the year. Gallery Bastejs, Riga, LV

2014 100 Painters Of Tomorrow. Beers Contemporary, London, UK

2014 Perspective Of The Solar System. Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Latvian National Museum of Arts, Riga, Latvia

2014 Family. Ziemelblazma Cultural Center, Riga, Latvia

2013 HOT-ONE-HUNDRED. Schwartz Gallery, London, UK

2011 Newspeak. British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2010 Depth Charge. Henrijs Preiss & Yuko Nasu. Sesame Gallery, London, UK

2010 This Is London. Henrijs Preiss & Matthew Small. DIE Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2009 PLUS. Volume Projects, Southwark, London, UK

2009 Innerer Klang. Curated by Irene Bradbury, Rod Barton, London, UK

2009 East End Academy. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2009 Whitecross gallery, London, UK

2008 Summer exhibition. Royal Academy, London, UK 

2008 Group. Lois Lambert Gallery, LA, USA

2008 Whitecross gallery, London, UK

2007 Building a Legacy: Paintings 1985-2007. Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha, USA

2006 Visual AIDS, Postcards From the Edge. New York, USA
2006 Regroup, Sesame Art Gallery, London, UK

2006 Summer show. Edgarmodern Gallery, Bath, UK

2005 Sense & Sensuality. BlindArt, RCA, London, UK 

2003 Religion, Art & War. Salon des Arts, London, UK

2003 Painting on wood. Bastejs Gallery, Riga, LV

2002 The Discerning Eye. The Mall Galleries, London, UK

1999 East Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1999 Prague Quadrennial 99. International Scenic Design Exhibition, Prague, Czech Republic      

1998 Pfefferbank Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

1998 State Academy of Art exhibition of artists from Latvia, Brussels, Belgium 

1998 Galerie-Werkstatt, Berlin, Germany

1998 Scenobox – 2000. The exhibition of Latvian and Finnish scenographers, Riga, LV

1995 Prague Quadrennial 95. International Scenic Design Exhibition, Prague, Czech Republic


Saatchi Collection, London; KIA, Seoul; Ravis Collection, Riga; Jain Collection, New Delhi; University of the Arts, London: private collections worldwide