Artist Spotlight – Julie Marie Hansen
Danish born Artist, Julie Marie Hansen’s vibrant pieces instantly make you smile. Inspired by the vivid colour palette of the Blue Mountains, the fluidity of her ink strokes create unique pieces that will no doubt inject personality into your home. But who is the creative behind the playful works we love? This week on the blog, we sat down with our new artist Julie Marie Hansen to chat all things colour, inspiration and art, to celebrate the launch of her collection. Shop for her beautiful new collection here.
IS ART SOMETHING YOU HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN FROM A YOUNG AGE? WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN IT?
I have always been interested in art, but I have not always been a practicing artist. I come from a very creative family and have been surrounded by creative forces my whole life. My father was an illustrator and a musician, and my mother is a weaver by trade and is a creative with many talents. While I have always been creative, it was not until my son was 6 months old that I started experimenting with putting my creativity onto paper. I instantly fell in love with alcohol ink and while my first couple of paintings turned out disappointing, I could not let it go. I was so fascinated with the colours and challenged by the uncontrollable nature of the ink that I just had to keep going.
HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FOR NEW PIECES?
I am very inspired by colour and the emotions they evoke. I get a lot of my colour inspiration from the Blue Mountains where I live. I love watching the colours as they change from one season to the next. I love unexpected colour combinations and often try to experiment with colours I would not normally use.
WHAT PROCESS GOES INTO CREATING A NEW PIECE?
My paintings are often created from the need to put colour on to paper. I will often have obsessed over a colour combination and just need to get it out of my head. I use yupo paper, alcohol ink, isopropyl alcohol and often I use posca pens as well. When using posca pens I have to wait until the piece has dried completely, which often takes 24 hours. Then I look at the piece and try to imagine the shapes I want to draw.
WHAT’S THE MOST INDISPENSABLE ITEM IN YOUR STUDIO?
I don’t think I can name just one, as one does not work without the other. Most importantly is the alcohol ink, the yupo paper and the isopropyl alcohol.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART?
I own an original Dalva Skov piece, which reminds me of my hometown in Denmark. It takes me right back to a rooftop café I once visited in Aarhus with my mother. I used to go to boarding school with Dalva, which makes the piece very special to me.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLING TIPS FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO USE YOUR PIECES IN THEIR SPACES?
My paintings are often very colourful and would, therefore, look best displayed in a simple white or light wooden frame. While I rarely create pieces that are meant to belong together, I think that many of my pieces would do well being displayed side by side. I love to combine my abstract pieces with my floral or coral pieces.
WHAT CAN OUR READERS LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU?
I am currently creating alcohol ink coaster covered in beautiful resin. I find that they are a perfect way for me to get all the build-up colours out of my head and onto a surface. I am also creating a series of round moon-like shapes surrounded by gold leaves.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OTHER THAN ART?
I am very passionate about my studies in Art Therapy. Through studying art therapy I have become much more aware of the importance and need to create. I always knew I would end up as a therapist, however, it is only recently that I discovered how perfectly my passion for art would match up with my desire to help and support others. However, I am first and foremost passionate about my family. While creating art is very important to me, I will always put my husband and son first.
IS THIS YOUR FULL-TIME JOB? WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE ART?
Art is not my fulltime job, although I do dedicate a lot of time to my art. I would like to have time for my family, my studies and my art, although it can be a challenging balance sometimes.
LASTLY, DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY.
My perfect Sunday requires a sleep-in – my son has just turned two and is still up multiple times at night! Then a coffee with my husband and my son at a café in the mountains – preferably in Katoomba. And of course, no perfect Sunday without some time in the studio.