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When childhood memories lose their innocence
Who are you?
I’m a 39 year old guy from Copenhagen where i live with my wife and my two girls.
How did you get interested in art?
I’ve been drawing and painting as far back as I can remember. When I was young I was really interested in animation and also attended and animation school on Fyn, but I quickly realised that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. After that I studied Illustration design and worked as an illustrator for ad agencies and magazines, but somehow I still felt trapped, not able to express my creativity freely. There were too many rules a politics, that narrowed my creative thought process. ‘
In visual art I finally felt free, and able to do what I wanted. It all resulted in a commissioned project, which took me a year to finish and after that I was hooked. This is where I belonged.
From there on, I spent many years coming up with my own expression and experimented with different materials until I finally landed on something where I had fun but that was still challenging.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as ‘storytelling popsurealism’, and for the past three years I’ve worked with my childhood memories and -figures, which I’ve grown up with through the 80’s and 90’s.
The idea was to give the new life and bring the into an adult world to show another side of the otherwise safe child environment, in which they’re usually portrayed.
What could happen before and after a life on kids tv? Those are some of the questions that I’ve had, which have resulted in an entire series of pieces - The retired Childhood Series - which takes all the familiar that we’ve grown up with into a raw and often times brutal reality, which is based on humor, awkward situations and the world as it looks today.
By injecting the characters in an unusual environment, they take on new life and remold our perception of them
What are your sources of inspiration?
My biggest source of inspiration is probably the peculiarities and whimsical situations all around the world. When you work with the kind of art that I do, you’re playing with your childhood figures and superimposing them into an adult world, you need inspiration from life - both the good and the bad. It’s important for me that there’s message in my pieces, but whether it’s funny, scary or provocative is less important. As long as it gives people and emotional experience, I’m a happy man.
What do you do beside being an artist?
I hardly do anything, but sit in my atelier and paint ;) No, I spend a lot of time with my three girls at home and with family. I love travelling and hanging out with some good friends and play football every week. Art plays a big role in my life and takes up a lot of time, as it is a sort of medicine for me.
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