I first saw Balkenhol's work at Expo Chicago in 2012. They are often three dimensional portraits painted onto carved wood. The work is a melding of folk art and high art. The wood he uses is poplar or wawa. He uses a single block of wood which he hand carves to create a rough surface that he then paints. In some cases he creates large, monumental sculptures.
But he is doing more than just this apparently these days, the use of photographic prints used with wooden screens is mentioned but I cannot picture the result!
Balkenhol, from Germany, lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany and Meisenthal, France.