Sonja Lillebæk Christensen

1972 · Denmark

Artist biography

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in Denmark. Sonja Lillebæk Christensen was born in 1972. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Jeppe Hein and Jesper Just.

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen's exhibition

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Tin foil at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibition was open from 09 October 2019 until 08 November 2019.

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen in private collections

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen's works can be found on Artland in the following collection: mnoermark. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Qafar Rzayev, Won Sou-Yeol, and Paul Cupido.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern frontiers. This sensibility 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. Noted for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite depictions of light and shadow in simple, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a key 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 critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Sonja Lillebæk Christensen

Born in 1972, Sonja Lillebæk Christensen's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. 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 diverse collective of practitioners. Many 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 famous 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 defiant yet enterprising. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Sonja Lillebæk Christensen

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