b. 1966 Lyngby, Denmark.
Artist based in Glumsø, Denmark.
Graduated from the royal Danish Academy of fine Arts 1995
Goldsmiths' College, University of London (MA in Fine Arts) 1994.
The work of Søren Martinsen is an in-depth, ongoing examination of the landscape in art and its potential to deliver a true and full human experience regardless of the cultural and historical construct of landscape painting.
Inspired by the personal experience of moving from the city to a rural environment, Martinsen creates work that challenges our notion of nature and the “natural”.
The landscape in art is in essence a man-made construction, and yet the emotional response to a painting of a landscape is still very real; A landscape is an integral part of our collective image bank, and the vista of landscape triggers subjective response on a basic psychological level where the viewer projects his or her being into the scene, and Martinsen uses this to full effect in his enigmatic, carefully composed, often huge-scale canvases.
Using landscape as a tool, Martinsen explores the relationship between the artist, the surroundings, the transformative and representational act of painting, and the viewer. His project is not so much to salvage landscape painting from the rubble heap of art history as it is to devise motives and emotions that represents his psychological internality as much as the outside surroundings.
From his 2007 exhibition “Country song” at X-Rummet at the National Art Gallery in Copenhagen onwards, he has made a string of solo shows in galleries and museums, recently adding “Besat Landskab” in 2017 ( Kunsthal Nord, Aalborg) and the major “Giganterne (the Giants)” at Sorø Kunstmuseum in 2018, along with contributions to art in the public realm with several big projects at public buildings.
Sorø Art Museum
Ny Carlsberg Fondet
Statens Museum for Kunst
The Danish municipality of Copenhagen, Næstved, Kolding, Frederikssund a.o.
Large scale sculpture, “Felled Tree” commissioned for the harbour boardwalk, city of Næstved, DK, 2022
Menneskespor (Traces of Man), Galerie Møller Witt, Copenhagen DK, 2020
Side View. Politikens Forhal, Copenhagen, DK 2018
The Giants, Sorø Art Museum. DK 2018
View over an area, Vestjyllands Kunstmuseum Janusbygningen, DK 2017
Occupied Landscape, Kunsthal Nord, Aalborg DK 2017
New Landscapes , Martin Asbæk Gallery, DK 2016 The Borderline Syndrome, Sdk, Flensburg, DE 2015
Public artwork commissioned by the municipality of Aarhus, Hedevej, Risskov 2013-14
De Mina, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK 2013
The Dane, Trapholt Museum, Kolding, DK 2013
The Dane, Rønnebæksholm, Næstved, DK 2012
Children of the New Age, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK 2010
Field studies, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK 2010
Fluoxetine, Galerie Jones, Kiln, DE 2009
Country song, x-rummet, Stations Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, DK 2007
New paintings, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, DK 2006
Broken Mirror, kunsthallen Brænderigården, Viborg, DK 2006
The Roads, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK 2004
Rarity Gallery Group Show , Greece, 2022
Landschaftsverbot, Galerie Møller Witt, Copenhagen DK, 2022
(curated by Claus Carstensen)
A ma fenetre, Lukoff Gallery, Bruxelles 2022
Grønningen, Den Frie, Copenhagen DK 2021
Grønningen, Den Frie, Copenhagen DK 2020
Frejas Hall, Skovhuset , Værløse DK, 2021
The flower project, Galerie Møller Witt, Copenhagen, DK, 2019
NATURE- home and workplace, Johannes Larsen Museet & Ljungbergmuseet (SE)
Nuuk Art museum, (G) 2018 – 20
Grønningen, Gl. Strand Kunsthal, 2019
Grønningen, Den Frie, 2017
Accesso Galerie, Italy, 2017. Unknown Landscape
(North Coast Art Triennial NCAT), Munkeruphus, Gilleleje, DK. 2016
Bring in nature Faaborg Museum, DK, 2015
Reality (inside), Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, DK 2015
Raringer, Bomullsfabriken kunsthal, Arendal, Norge 2015
U.T. (Landskab 2015), galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen 2015 Playgrounds, Galerie Leger, Malmö, SE 2013
VIDEO, martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK 2013
Fototriennale.dk, fotomuseet brandts klædefabrik, Odense, DK2012
Out of focus, (Ude af fokus), Ny Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, DK 2012
Foreningen Dansk Kunst Hæderslegat/Danish Art association honorary grant
Anhui By the Peach Blossom Pool international residency, China 2017
The Academy Council's Eckersberg medal 2014 Aage & Yelva Nimbs fond honorary grant, 2012 National Art Foundation's 3-year stipend 2011 Ruth og Finn Thorjussens Fond, honorary grant 2009 National Art foundation's working grant, 2006, 2007
Currently member of the directory board of the Artists' Union, the directory board of Kunsthal Den Frie Udstillingsbygning. Art critic and columnist for kunsten.nu