“Over the past two decades Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke has been exploring the act of painting, focusing on process, colour and matter, as well as her own physical and intellectual involvement.
Her work shows both rigour and a great freedom, in which the act of painting itself, the spreading of luminous matter, becomes the very core of the work.
Since 2009, Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke has been creating artworks inspired by the Tangram – the Chinese ‘brain teaser’: through a system of combinations where triangles, squares and rectangles are either superimposed or in juxtaposition, the work can be deployed, in theory, to infinity.
These, her ‘puzzles’, drip paintings, are both open and controlled. Whereas previously the drippings were the ‘unintentional witnesses’ of her vast brush movements, they have now become the expression itself”.
“This Way up” includes 20 paintings from Bjelke’s new series of work, it is her first Solo Exhibition in the UK. Bjelke’s new work will also be showcasing with her Paris Gallery, Maria Lund at Art 14 in London at the end of February and in New York where she has a Solo Show at Demiurge Design Gallery in the Spring.
Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke was born in 1967 in Copenhagen. She arrived at the Paris Beaux-Arts from Denmark in the late eighties, where she studied painting until 1993. In 1994 she met the Navajo Indian Sand Painter Joe Ben Junior and she worked alongside him as his assistant for several years in France, Germany, Arizona and New Mexico, exploring Navaho sand-painting techniques.
Paris was her home and ‘work centre’ for more than 25 years. In 2011 she left her beloved île Saint Louis to cross the channel and move to St. Leonards-On-Sea.
Over the years Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke has been invited to various artists’ residencies around the world. Thus during the winter 2007-08 she worked at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut and in 2009 she participated in the Annual workshop at The Mark Rothko Foundation Centre in Latvia.
Selected Gallery Exhibitions
Galerie Maria Lund, Galerie Zurcher, Galerie Susanne Tarasiève in Paris – Galleri Weinberger, Galleri Banja Rathnov in Copenhagen – Galerie Proarta in Zurich – DCA Gallery in New York. She was also a prize winner at the Galerie Municipale de Vitry, Paris, in 1999.
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Mark Rothko Centre, Cerruti Milan, Giorgio Armani France, General Motors, Copenhagen Art Foundation.
“This way up” at Lucy Bell Gallery opens on 22nd February and runs to 22ndMarch. Preview 6-8pm. 22nd February 2014.
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