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The Danish school: Lars Kristian Hansen, Filica Lysfalk, Rikke Lilholt, Trine Panum

In this section of the website I want to pay tribute to wonderful abstract artists of different nationalities and different styles. Most of them are not known to the big public but they are ones that have greatly inspired me and expanded my understanding of what is possible.

So, here are some artists that I admire for their unique vision, true knowledge of their inner self that they manifest in their work and the passion that exudes in the images they create.

The Danish school: Lars Kristian Hansen, Filica Lysfalk, Rikke Lilholt, Trine Panum

Something very interesting is happening in Denmark. The danes are very well known for their good taste in interior design, but Denmark is also a home for many talented abstract artists.

Of course, it is hard to tell an artists origin by just looking at their work. But there are some artists that share common elements in their work and it sometimes can have something to do with local trends. Or a vision or a view situated on a certain spot in the world. Think about Seattle in the 90’s. It was a homebase for some bands that came to rule the universe in their own domain. How can that happen? There might be some vigilant powers unknown to us to guide these happenings that have no clear explanation. Or it might just be a coincidence. 

If you Google “Danish abstract artists” the results will be somewhat different than what I am about to present here. But as I am an enthusiastic and spend a lot of time studying works of the masters I come across with I have noticed that some Danish artists do share something in common in their work. Most of them are pretty unknown to the big public. Of course they all also have their unique style, but there’s something I find, a relation, a similarity that’s subtle. 

Well how to describe their work then? If you ask me, I’d say they all share a brilliant understanding of composition and colour. There’s also a certain sensitivity but bold statements too. Their work is very very abstract, meaning, they do not try to formulate anything that could be described in the words or names that objects do have. Not even distantly. But somehow they all can capture something that feels very real. And it might have something to do with emotions. Or dreams. These two are real for sure, but cannot be presented to other people too clearly. They can hardly be interpreted through words and language.

Lars Kristian Hansen

Lars Kristian Hansen was born in 1963. He has been awarded many times for his work. As Gallery KN puts it:

“In his paintings you find expressive energy.He is a painter who has a lot to tell, and who masters many ways of expressing his message.

Like a troubadour with a paint brush Lars swings from being lively and humoristic, raw and graphic, to being poetical and colourful.He won the public favourite talent award at the biggest art fair in Denmark, Artville Copenhagen 2006, Tuborg Harbour. The paintings are building up in many layers of paint with a rustic character.He mainly works in acrylics and supplements this with charcoal-, chalk-, lack-, spray- and collage effects.

The big paintings often have titles – not to explain the paintings, they are meant more like an extra layer – a riddle – a hint.

Sometimes they are pure statements, other times they spring from an association with a link to poetry, narratives or music, which have been present at a certain time during the process of painting the particular painting.

Lars Kristian Hansen has over the years participated in several solo exhibitions and major art fairs , among others ART COPENHAGEN in the Forum 2008 and received the public price of ARTVILLE COPENHAGEN 2006.”

Website: http://larskhansen.dk/

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copyright: Lars Kristian Hansen
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Filica Lysfalk

It is very hard to find any information in English about her. But as I found out, she has her own gallery in Helsingor, Denmark. An aesthetic chaos is present in her work in a beautiful way.

https://www.filica.dk/

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copyright: Filica Lysfalk
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Rikke Lilholt

Working for almost two decades on visual arts, Rikke Lilholt is another great Danish painter. She is very much into interior design also. In my opinion, this is important. A work of art must communicate with the things and places surrounding them. They must be a part of the context. 

You can find her website here to view more of her work:

https://rikkelilholt.dk/

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copyright: Rikke Lilholt
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copyright: Rikke Lilholt

Trine Panum

Trine Panum, born 1971. Another Danish artist, you cannot find too much information on in English 🙂 But as I understood, she has formerly been working for the Danish tv and switched to a full time artist life in 2014.

You can enjoy her work online here:

https://www.trinepanum.dk/

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copyright: Trine Panum
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