Ursula Nistrup

1974 · Denmark

Artist biography

Ursula Nistrup is an established mid-career artist, who originates from Denmark. Ursula Nistrup was born in 1974. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Jeppe Hein and Jesper Just.

About Ursula Nistrup's works

Ursula Nistrup is best known for working in the fields of Conceptual and Abstraction. For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the core of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the completed artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first emerged in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary feature of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus defied, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to challenge the viewer. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a medium to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main features have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

Ursula Nistrup in private collections

On Artland Ursula Nistrup's art can be found in the following collection: Bech Risvig Collection which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Asger Dybvad Larsen, Sarah Derat, and Liam Fallon.

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 limits. This responsiveness is often combined 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 a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his melancholic and extremely scarce 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 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. Founded 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 Ursula Nistrup

Born in 1974, Ursula Nistrup was primarily inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

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