Mathias Malling Mortensen

The work practice of Mathias Malling Mortensen includes painting, graphics and paper reliefs. He explores the abstract imagery with a focus on picturesque spaces, rhythms, and poetry.

As an artist, he seeks to explore texture and materiality, degrees of abstraction and intuition.


For this exhibition - Malling Mortensen's first solo presentation of works in the gallery - he has created 10 watercolor paintings, all in line with his poetic approach to paintings and his musical understanding of intuitive brushstrokes, composition, and ambiance. The works are the latest in his watercolor series of paintings where he lets the simple color speak for himself in his delicate painting universe with simple strokes.

Malling Mortensen works primarily with color motifs and surfaces, and in the creative process, he lets his subconscious dictate the motif and the outcome of a given work. The result is recognizable, non-figurative forms, where the balance between surfaces, colors, lines, and spaces is the motif, while the works rouse equal parts of emotion and curiosity to the viewer.


In recent years, a new and now cardinal part of his artistic process has been to maintain a form of a visual diary in which photographs of plants and leaves, shadows, geometric details and selections from nature and architecture inspire him to constantly develop his expression and language.