PAINTINGS

Builders' Union, 2018

mural in 3F (United Federation of Danish Workers) headquarters in Copenhagen

250 x 250 cm

Help, 2018

mural at Lundbeck, Danish pharmaceutical company, made in connection with World Mental Health Day 2018, 14 x 4 m

Imagination, 2018

oil on canvas, 170 x 210 cm

This is another commissioned piece. This one was commissioned by a couple, Maria and Carsten, who bought my painting Twice Removed back in 2014. They wanted a painting that represents "children", as their three children are a big part of their life. I decided to use portraits of their three children in a painting that symbolizes humans' imagination and their ability to turn it into reality.

The three kids are sitting in a room with a window. The eldest is sitting in the middle playing with a toy airplane and the two youngest, the twins, are sitting on each side of their brother, one excited about the toy airplane and the other excited about the view that has appeared below them. The kids' imagination has turned the toy airplane into a real airplane by imagining that the carpet they are sitting on can fly.

Below the three kids, a plane is flying over five iconic buildings and structures from around the world. A bird is flying below as well. The five buildings and structures, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Saint Basil's Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, all represent humans' ability to create spectacular things. The plane itself is a symbol of the same thing. Inspired by birds, humans have probably dreamed of flying for as long as they have been around on this planet. The Wright brothers dreamed about flying and were able to turn it into a reality. It is this ability that makes humans far superior to other animals and that is what I wish to celebrate with this painting.

The Four Seasons of Frederiksberg, 2018

Oil on Canvas, 250 x 130 cm

The Four Seasons of Frederiksberg, 2017

Oil on canvas

 250 x 170 cm

This painting is a commissioned piece by a private collector who wanted a painting of the view from his balcony. Instead of making a copy of the view, I decided to press his view together and divide it up into four; each piece its own season. From left to right: summer, autumn, winter and spring.

Mural in Temple Bar, Copenhagen, The History of a Copenhagen Borough, 2016
This mural depicts the history of Nørrebro, a Copenhagen borough, from 1900 to 2016

My mural in Temple Bar depicts the history of Nørrebro from 1900 until 2016. It all starts with the little boy with rhubarb. In the years around 1900, Nørrebro was an area outside of Copenhagen where the lower classes would go to cultivate rhubarb they would sell in the city. Later, the city grew bigger and Nørrebro became a part of Copenhagen. It remained a place for the lower and working classes until gentrification began in the 1960s and 70s. The Danish author Christian Christensen describes in his memoirs how the poor people in Nørrebro lived. His memoirs tell the story of how the lower classes were harrassed by employers and the police. It also describes how the labor movement grew out of the poverty and harrassment. This is what the elderly man with the red banner, next to the little boy, symbolizes.

Nørrebro has always been a place of resistance. On the mural, there is a German soldier. He symbolizes the resistance that took place in Nørrebro against the German occupation during WW2.  Throughout the 1970s, Nørrebro fought with the city over a large public playground and communal area known as Byggeren. The city wanted to tear it down and build new housing, but the local residents in Nørrebro did not want anything to change. There were large riots when the police came to move the protesters. The fights lasted until 1980, when the police came in large numbers to clear the area. The police even declared the area a state of emergency. The man with the long hair standing in front of a wooden construction fighting a police officer is a symbol of this event.

 

The area also has a long history of squatter movements. In 1982, a group of squatters moved into a house in Nørrebro known as the Allotria House. The squatters had secretly dug a tunnel from the house to another house on the other side of the street. When the police came, again in large numbers, to clear the house in 1983, the squatters had escaped through the tunnel and inside the house they had left nothing but a banner that said "We decide when we want to fight". The man with the gas mask in the tunnel is a symbol of this event.

In the 1980s, the squatter movement turned more violent with squatters using "uniforms" with masks and leather jackets. The man in the middle is a symbol of this.

Excerpt of Female Body 1, 2016

oil on paper covered with plexiglass

 

Part of the series Gender Roles

(Left) Female Body 1, 2016

oil on paper covered with plexiglass

55x174 cm

(Right) Female Body 2, 2016

oil on paper covered with plexiglass

55x174 cm

Both part of the series Gender Roles

Excerpt of my mural Gustav Puzzle from 2015

with girl posing

"Tread Carefully", 2015

Mural on Sønder Boulevard in Copenhagen, Denmark

"Between our mother's kisses and the grave
Might so inform our lives, that we could win

Such mighty empires that from her cave

Temptation would grow hoarse" - Oscar Wilde

Mural in Temple Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark

Twice Removed, 2013

Oil on canvas, 200x180cm

 

What Is National Identity, 2013

Mural in Copenhagen Student House (Studenterhuset), Denmark

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