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June 2018

 ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ulrik Myrtue is an full time artist from Aarhus. He is doing a lot of different art but is especially known for his creativity, when he uses trash as the material for his amazing artwork. In addition, his personal style as an artist is also very special. His work is very easy to recognize because of his originality. Besides being an artist Ulrik also teach intervention art. 

WHEN DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN ART?

Back in 2008 me and my friend Mormor (aka Kristian Bruun Djurhuus) started doing some streetart together. We did the drawings at home and at night we went out and pasted them up in our hometown Aarhus.

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(Photographer: Andreas Thorup Berthelsen aka Lydlös)

WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES FOR INSPIRATION?

I'm very inspired by other artists I follow or stumble upon on especially Instagram. But I find it hard to pinpoint where my inspiration comes from in general. For me it's more about being in the right mood to create. I can go for weeks without doing art and suddenly I find the will and energy to do something. Also sometimes my girlfriend forces me to paint and that's actually super cause even though I can't seem to find any inspiration, when first I'm at it, the inspiration comes to me.

THE CREATION PROCESS

I am very impatient when it comes to creating my works. I always try to finish most of them in one day and preferably in a couple of hours. I would love to be more patient but I'm not. When working I listen to my favourite podcasts such as Aflyttet, Den korte radioavis, Pakzads Polemik and Flaskens ånd all from the danish radio station Radio24syv. I love to listen to interesting people's stories and perspectives and to educate myself buy listening to experts.

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(Photographer: Andreas Thorup Berthelsen aka Lydlös)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MATERIALS TO WORK WITH?

I love to paint on glass found in second hand stores or a tee trash area. I use markers, acrylic paint, transparent paper, spray paint and much more. I’m planning to work with ceramics soon though. 

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU AS AN ARTIST?

Hm… I can't remember a specific advice but I try to do what I feel like doing and if it means that I have to do a lot of different stuff I'll do it. I really believe that you need to invent your own way of being an artist to be successful. And with success I mean being happy with your work. Money is not success but it's nice to have.

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(Photographer: Andreas Thorup Berthelsen aka Lydlös)

DOES AARHUS CITY AFFECT AND INSPIRE YOU AS AN ARTIST?

I love Aarhus. It's my playground and I love to bike around the city and look for adventures. You can go into abandoned buildings, look for food in containers, explore the harbour and my friends are within biking distance. So Aarhus is making me happy which ultimately means I'm more likely to make great art. Having said that, I really need to go to cities outside Denmark to take in new inspiration, ideas and perspectives.

DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW PROJECTS GOING ON?

At the moment I'm actually being contacted more and more frequently so I have several projects going on. Soon I may be doing a great colab with a big clothing brand but I can't tell more about it until we're longer into the process. Other from that I'm starting to do more and more animal rights related artworks and that's something that I'm really passionate about. I founded the Aarhus based group Vegan Change this year and we are putting a lot of energy in creative animal rights activism. 

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(Photographer: Andreas Thorup Berthelsen aka Lydlös)

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Mikkel Steen

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