Camilla Thorup

1976 · Denmark

Artist biography

Camilla Thorup is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Denmark. Camilla Thorup was born in 1976. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Jeppe Hein and Jesper Just.

About Camilla Thorup's work

Camilla Thorup's work is essentially characteristic of figurative art. In essence, figurative art is art which depicts familiar aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather simple, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be achieved are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Camilla Thorup's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Camilla Thorup is represented by Galleri Specta in Copenhagen, Denmark. Camilla Thorup most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleri Specta in Copenhagen (21 February 2019 until 29 March 2019) with the exhibition LAMPENS ÅND. Camilla Thorup's only other exhibition is DITTE EJLERSKOV, CAMILLA THORUP, JOHANNES SIVERTSEN, which took place at Galleri Specta in Copenhagen, Denmark (29 September 2018 - 03 November 2018).

nine of Camilla Thorup's works are currently for sale on Artland.

Camilla Thorup in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of works by Camilla Thorup at Artland. These collectors include Tim Sølyst and Anne R, who also has works by other artists including Ali Hasanov, Qafar Rzayev, and Michael Kvium.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, that borders its southern frontiers. This responsiveness is often mixed with the Nordic attributes of restraint and melancholy in its arts. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark produced an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Acclaimed for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations of light and shadow in simple, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's bright colours and lively childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Camilla Thorup

Born in 1976, Camilla Thorup grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Camilla Thorup

  • Artworks in Collections 6
  • Exhibitions 3
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