Welcome back to our International Artist Series.
Today we're catching up with five incredible artists from Denmark, a Scandinavian country with a love of design. I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great responses.
Mani is a digital artist and product designer living in Vejle, Denmark. Drawing from his diverse inspirations, he creates futuristic handmade and digital crafts that are creative and intriguing.
I love the open minded mentality in Denmark and the appreciation of art and design even on a daily basis. There's such simplicity and very quick access to almost everything.
My works are a mix of what I daydream, or see and experience. I've lived in four different countries and although I never directly pinpoint the culture of where I live in my work, I do use some visual nodes from that specific area. Denmark has a rich design heritage and I do appreciate the pure minimalism and pastel colors with accents they use in their everyday objects.
The Zoo Series: Whale
I live in Vejle although I spend the majority of the day designing toys for a toy company in Billund. I participate and organize workshops with a friend of mine in a cultural center here, and the community is very open to any new ideas that celebrate creativity.
Melany is an illustrator and graphic designer currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Featuring bold colors and unique concepts, her illustrations are clever and inspiring.
See more in her portfolio.
I am from Ukraine but currently live in Denmark. I enjoy this country a lot, it is small but there are so many places you can go and just catch pure inspiration. People are also an important part of living "Danishly."
They are cheerful, they always smile to you if you exchange glances, and they are always ready to help. I think their secret is just that they have a positive approach to life.
Illustrations for Polish Magazine
I recently became more courageous in my artwork and have tried more techniques to find new ways to make my illustrations more rich and interesting.
Denmark is the country where people like to express themselves and are not afraid of being judged. It helps a lot since we are always thinking that something in our drawings may not be accepted or warmly welcomed by society.
Psychologia dla Rodziców
Illustrations for Polish Magazine
Here, design is a key. Folks love to pay attention to every detail and create comfortable and well-designed spaces around them. It influences every aspect of life.
Copenhagen is full of art museums and galleries which are all separate worlds, presenting a variety of époques and artists. But the first thing you learn is how to save money so you can buy only that lamp which you saw in a small shop and have already started dreaming about.
Rune is a visual artist and designer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work is subtle yet unique, and often communicates strong themes in various styles.
See more in his portfolio.
I love the summer here which is the only reason I'm staying, the other 8 months are straight up hell!
Movie Poster: Where Have All The Good Men Gone?
I'm living in Copenhagen, hanging around with good and weird people, which inspires me the most! The culture of hanging out at different brown Bodegas definitely gives my work some edge. And it's how people understand what they are seeing in the easiest way.
The art community is always fun here. I mostly only mingle with the "art community" when there is free beer!
Michelle is an illustrator and poster maker living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Featuring flat illustrations with lots of patterns and textures, Michelle's work is beautifully hand crafted.
The Golden Collection
Even though I am not very fond of winter I really love seeing the seasons change in Denmark. The sense of euphoria that happens when we have the first day of spring is the best. It is like everyone is in love with the world all at once!
I also love the Scandinavian design tradition; the minimal, clean and functional designs using a lot of natural materials like wood, metals and stone. My own work is a bit more colorful but it looks really nice when you combine all the colors with the neutral and calm surroundings.
Michelle Carlslund x Södahl
I think that the color palette I use is quite typical for Danish and Scandinavian design. I adapted some of their clean lines and simplicity and added it to my illustration style.
Denmark is a really nice place to live as an illustrator because we have a lot of dark winter months here. They're perfect for staying inside, coming up with ideas and drawing all through the winter!
We have a lot of creatives and entrepreneurs in Denmark in many different fields. I think the creative scene is quite innovative and I see so many great things happening and ideas coming to life.
Johanna is a creative designer living in Aarhus, Denmark. With a specialty in brand design and illustration, her work features heartwarming creations you'll love.
Spring Chinchilla Illustration
Denmark is a place of high standards in all aspects of life, which makes my work both challenging and a great deal of fun. I am very lucky to have some great influences around me.
Cute Bunny Textile
People appreciate and value design in Denmark and they are willing to pay for it. This gives me the opportunity to constantly push myself to be better at my craft.
Branding for Aalborg Zoo
The art community is very vibrant here. In my experience, to fit into the Danish design culture you need to elevate the quality, push your boundaries and do it with passion. People are open and passionate about their work and it is common to work as a team.
Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links below:
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