Malene Heerup paintings "Global Portraits"





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Published on Mar 14, 2011

Danish artist Malene Heerup ( http://maleneheerup.dk ) talks about her Global Portraits serie, contemporary art, inspired by people, personalities around the world. These oil paintings are named "Walking Grace", "Mexican Dreamer" and "Prayer in the desert sun". Malene Heerup, born in Denmark, these paintings are inspired by her living in New York, Paris and Belgium and travelleing around the world amongst Mexico and India.

Malene Heerup works with painting, but always sees its expression as a part of the room she is in. The works must move something, it must interact with the present space. Therefore the works float out - out on the floor as carpets, they crawl in through the camera lens and comes out again as photostats, jumps up on a chair or on a shelf and challenge already welldefined items. The interaction sharpens the viewer's senses and one can almost feel the movement in the body from the shapes on the canvas, taste the sour in the bright green color - well, almost hear the jazz flows out. As with Kandinsky, Klee and Arp, Malene Heerups works are in a much larger context than their two dimensional reality.

Malene Heerup translates naturally into the elite of artists who know how to see art in a larger context. Her international format was manifested in 1994 when she completed her training at the famous school Parsons School of Design in New York. The school known for fostering large world-renowned artists such as painters Jasper Johns and Edward Hopper. But also interdisciplinary and more uncompromising artists like designers Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs has Parsons as creative foundation.

Heerup is a modern Gesamtkunstwerker. She thinks big thoughts outside the box and broaden the context for her works, so her paintings in addition to being wall decoration also serves as incooperated backgrounds for movies such as the Emmy Award winner Nikolaj and Julie (Danish TV series). Or when Heerups works move from floor to wall or from canvas to shelves, as you can see it in her wonderful collaboration with the Danish-based international furniture manufacturer, Montana. Movement and innovation is reflected not only in the forms playfull easiness but is also reflected in the unconventional way Malene builds on tradition furniture classics, such as when she worked on one of the world famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen's iconic chairs ' The Ant'. "The Ant" was lifted out of its function, made into a sculptural color composition, and hung on the wall.

Malene is a highly sought after artist and has appeared in several leading fashion and lifestyle magazines, including the Japanese ESQUIRE MAGASINE og MADAME FIGARO, the Chinese design and housing magazine ANIJA and several leading Danish department stores, including BO BEDRE og EUROWOMAN. BO and EUROWOMAN. Heerup has participated in several international exhibitions including Belgium, Japan and New York.

Malene Heerups art inscribes itself among the best in the world. Her works speaks the universal language of worldclass art and stirs most of the viewer's senses. Because Malene Heerups works touches you during, and especially after, your meeting with them, she has been named Artist of the Year in 2006 and 2007 respectively by Siemens and The Danish Cancer Society.

Malene Heerup comes from the very famous Danish Heerup family, which include grandfather and COBRA artist Henry Heerup, one of her great artistic role models. She has though created her own artistic path and have always shaped her work within her own sphere. Malene has kept the threads from the old Heerup by poetic and whimsical little wrinkles deeply rooted in organic forms and her tremendous love for the colors. As with Henry Heerup she keeps alive the democratic project - art to the people - but adds new layers to the idea. She works consciously to expand the space between work and viewer, and has the incredible ability to create a third place where space, art and man equally meet.

For further information: http://maleneheerup.dk


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