Before his death in 2013, Seamus Heaney had begun working with artist Jan Hendrix on a special version of his translation of The Aeneid: Book VI by Virgil. David Roy spoke to the Mexico City-based Dutch artist about a new exhibition of work from the project and his long-time friendship with the poet.
"HE IS always missed – but tonight he is even more seriously missed.": The late Seamus Heaney was very much on the mind of Dutch artist and architect Jan Hendrix as he prepared to preview a new exhibition based on the final collaboration with his friend of over 25 years.
Hendrix's large silk-screened on silver leaf panoramic artworks of the dramatic Mexican landscape were created for a new collector's version of Heaney's posthumously published 2016 translation of Virgil's The Aeneid: Book VI.
Available in a limited edition of 78 from Bonnefant Press, the handsome volume was launched at the preview of The Aeneid, Book VI - Jan Hendrix on Tuesday evening at London's Shapero Modern gallery in association with Maestro Arts.
Jan Hendrix's work will be exhibited in the gallery at Shapero Modern until 18 February 2017