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I am a narrative painter whose focus is set on the dynamics between opposing notions e.g., crude/subtle, light/darkness, utopia/dystopia and I try to balance my images between these opposites. Not necessarily equate light with utopia and darkness with dystopia. I am interested in how situations in general can be perceived differently depending on the viewer’s experiences, mood, cultural background etc.


My paintings are mainly based on either random or planned photos taken by me but also images from the internet or films. I then collage these fragments from real life into an imitation of reality. I want my works to represent a possible elasticity of realty.


I very often use landscapes, with some sort of light source as the main idea for my paintings. It could be the sun or the moon but also reflections, light sources of different origin or light illuminating environments other than nature; cityscapes, interiors or distorting light cast on figures. There is a duality of drama and modesty about nature that I find relevant to my work. And the different light sources help me create moods and atmospheric environments. Inspired by the digital media’s ability to reproduce clear, vibrant colours, I often work with several layers of translucent paint to optimise the light in the painted surfaces.

Live and work in Copenhagen
2015-2018 BFA Slade School of Fine Art – UCL, London
2013-2015 Kunstskolen Spektrum, København
2004-2006 Heatherleys School of Fine Art, London
1984-1988 BA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture,  Design and Conservation – Graphic Design, Copenhagen, DK
Upcoming Exhibitions:
2021 Eye of the Beholder, Eks-Rummet, København, DK
2021 The Baroque is Present, The Rectory//Hillerød Præstegård, DK
2020 Stafet, Annaborg, Hillerød, DK
2020 MIRROR, Pakhusgalleriet, Nykøbing Sjælland, DK
2020 Wrapped up – Unfold, Cobra Rummet, V. Sophienholm, Lyngby, DK
2020 ECHO, Gjethuset, Frederiksværk, DK
2019 Fragments of Space and Time, Missisipi, Thyholm, DK
2019 Under Cover – Plastik, Copenhagen, DK
2019 Bridge, PMQ, Stauton, HK
2018 Bridge, Hyatt Regency, Sochi, RUS
2018 [ree-fleks], The Art Warehouse, Ikast, DK
2018 Bridge, IZO Gallery, Moscow, RUS
2017 Isolation, Chalton Gallery, London, UK
2017 Olio, Crypt Gallery, London, UK
2016 Pitch the Glitch, København
2015 View Spektrum, København
2014 View Spektrum, København
2014 The Artist’s Censored Summer Exhibition, West Jutland’s Art Museum, Thistrup, DK
2013 Dreamscapes, Farum Culture House, Farum, DK
2013 Dreamscapes, Pensam Art Association, Farum, DK
2012 Desland’s self-delusion, Studio Bluest, Copenhagen, DK
2011 Portrait Now, censored exhibition, Frederiksborg Castle, Hilleroed, DK
2009 The Art of Portraying, Studio Bluest – as a part of the Culture Night, Copenhagen, DK
2008 Group Show, Tinghuset, Fredensborg, DK
2008 The Art on the Wall, SKULD Art Association, Copenhagen, DK
2006 ”The Society of Women Artists”, censored exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2006 ”The Society of Portrait painters”, censored exhibition, mall Galleries, London, UK
2018 The Merchant L. F. Foght’s Fund, for the exhibition [ree-fleks]
2020 The Merchant L. F. Foght’s Fund, for the exhibition MIRROR
2014 The Artist of the Year 2014 award, The Artist’s Censored Summer Exhibition, West Jutland’s Art Museum, Thistrup, DK
2006 The Society of Women Artists’s Presidents Choice Award, for the best exhibited painting 2006, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2006 Heatherleys Portrait Painting Prize, Heaterleys, London, UK
2018 BKF, The Artist’s Association
2020 Co curator at the exhibition MIRROR, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, DK
2020 Co curator at the exhibition ECHO, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, DK
2018 Co curator at the exhibition [ree-fleks], Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, DK
2017 Member of the curator group ReeFleks
2017 Curator at the exhibition Olio, London, UK




Artist of the year 2014, KS, West Jutland’s Art Museum