PhotoTalks: Gitte Valentiner-Branth [Painter]

Gitte Valentiner-Branth is a Danish artist living just few kilometres from the City of Copenhagen, in Gentofte, and creating ART WITH ATTITUDE.

I saw her works on the collective exhibition Byens Lys in March this year for the first time. She exhibited three softly grey and pinkish, a bit geometrical and a bit surreal paintings. I spent long minutes exploring carefully these images enjoying Gitte's play with different perspectives and slowly digesting her unique way of capturing difference between cities and the nature. I felt like this artist has a lot to say and wished to meet her in person.

So I was very happy and excited when Gitte agreed on a interview. Drinking green tea in her colourful apartment/art studio, I asked her few questions:

When did you start painting?
I started to paint approximately 7 years ago. I've been drawing since I was young. When I went to school I drew every day. I have always loved colours, always been very attracted to paintings, home decoration, styling, design, art and so on... I had a coach lesson many years ago where I told my coach how much I want to make my own art painting and she said: "So get started!” So I did, and I have done it ever since. It is such at big part of me and my life and I cannot live without.

What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on a small series called " Large and small accidents for practitioners". It will be five small artworks in a limited number of soft colours.

What inspires you to paint/draw?
I get inspired everywhere – on the street, in the nature. Buildings, colours, patterns, fashion and design inspire me too. I also think a lot about the environment, the earth, the climate, animals and about the contrast between nature and our hi-tech way of life.  

Thank you for the interview, Gitte.

Meet [29 Local Artists] in Their Studios. Now!

The Danish weather hasn't been very pleasant for last few days and the weekend won't be better. This calls for an indoor activity!

29 gifted and incredible creative artists from Gentofte will open their studios and workshops to the public for the next couple of hours and during this weekend. So you have a chance to meet them and get inspired.

WHERE: more then 20 places in the Gentofte Kommune.

WHEN: Friday 5th May from 14:00 to 18:00, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th from 12:00 to 18:00.

MORE INFO: Åben Døre (in Danish)

PhotoTalks: OJAM [Painter]

Dreamy landscapes, subtle figures and colour contrast are three things that come to mind when I think about the French painter OJAM OJAM. She has been living in Copenhagen more than ten years. She's always busy - working for a Scandinavian company, travelling, and taking care of her children, yet she's full of elan and creative ideas. It's amazing, how much energy you can feel from her pictures.

When did you start painting, Martine?

I have always liked carpentry and wood carving and I started when I was really young in a creative and not always constructive manner!
In Sweden in the early 2000, I went to 'Upplands Väsby Möbelsnickarskolan' (woodworking school of Upplands Vasby, Sweden) and enjoyed woodworking as much as designing the pieces. A lot of my home furniture results from this activity. After moving to Denmark in 2003, I continued to design some pieces and explored the design aspect further, which I then developed into drawing and painting activities; it was also easier than woodworking activity and equipment when living in an apartment in town.
I very much enjoyed this new interest, which I keep exploring.

What are you currently working on?

I always enjoyed painting in an abstract realism with a restricted colour palette. Today I am investigating this further with a grey-black colour palette, where I am trying to extract real atmosphere, using the essence of the light effect.
Simultaneously I am also working on pencil drawings based on classic sculptures in the Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen. With this I am hoping to better integrate people into my city atmosphere paintings. Today I just finished an exhibition in Helligåndshuset, Copenhagen from which I got very interesting feedback, and I am currently experimenting new paintings and technics before planning for a next exhibition event.

What inspires you?

I very much like to paint atmosphere, or life experience ambiance, mostly based on real situations. My kids are also a very rich source of inspiration, either from a common situation we experienced or by enjoying the act of painting together, their feedback and participation is always welcome and contributes a lot to my painting. We enjoy traveling together, and these common cultural, architectural, and sporting experiences form an endless base for creativity.
I was fortunate enough over the last ten years to meet excellent painters and teachers such as Karin Court-Payen, Vladimir Voronin, Laurent Auer, and Håkan Nystrom. They have helped broaden my technique and further developed my enthusiasm for painting and drawing.

Thank you for the interview.

Byens Lys [Collective Exhibition]

Byens Lys 2014

There is a great collective exhibition in a church just few steps from the Copenhagen main shopping street Strøget. The exhibition, Byens Lys, features 20 contemporary mostly Danish painters, sculptures and ceramists.

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

My boyfriend and I were at the opening of a collective exhibition on Tuesday. We were impressed by the range of different genres and styles that are presented. You can find there large abstract painting, Indian ink drawings, both impressionistic and expressionistic pictures, cubist style paintings, collages, ceramics masks, vases and much more.

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

The exhibition is open until Sun 30th March. So if you have some of time on weekend, go there. I promise, you won't regret it.
P.S. I am working on an interview with one of the artist. Stay tuned. It is coming soon! ;-)

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

Byens Lys 2014

BYENS LYS [Collective Exhibition]
Valkendorfsgade 36, København K
25/3 - 30/3 2014, 12:00-19:00
Free admission

Artists: Karen Steen Hansen, Berit Faber, Mary Holm Larsen, Lajla Skafte Bang, Mette Rørsted, Lise Juhl, Mona Jahn, Eva Myrdal Linstow, Kamma Kaae, Anne-Marie Nørra Pedersen, Ulla Seityberg, Gitte Valentiner-Branth, Claudia Palmvig, Christian Hemmingsen, Lisbeth Diamant, Lene Berg, Lotte Kirkeby, Ingrid Møller, Nina Tange and Martine Ojam.