Louiz Kirkebjerg Nielsen

Statement

my pictures

are like Lego bits and glimpses

one journey, one page in a book, one day in a year

they don’t say it all

like going for a walk on a Wednesday afternoon

they are a collection of moments caught when I was there

things I found and put in my pocket

places I noticed or chose to see

when time stood still long enough

and my camera remembered what I found

like bricks in a wall I stick them together

buildings rise on my paper

places I haven’t seen before appear

I have reached my destination

the discovery ends here

I consider them found

and I am finished for the day

Background

I was born in Roskilde in Denmark 1968 and was named Louiz (pronounced like Louise in English). My mother came from Liverpool in England and my father came from a village called Kirkebjerg. I was given this as a middle name. This place is a very significant spot in the world to me not only because I lived there but because my art practise today directly echoes from my experiences around there. Going on imaginary journeys in the forests, digging for Viking treasures in the ground, inventing stories, collecting, drawing, building and Lego!

I have another middle name but I will leave that a private matter.

My name Nielsen I believe is the 3rd. most common surname in Denmark.

Education and training

1996 – 1997 Camberwell College of Arts, The London Institute: Masters of Arts in Printmaking
1993 – 1996 Middlesex University: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art
1987 – 1990 GTA International Marketing & Advertising Agency (DK): Apprenticeship as a graphic designer

Employment and Experience

Since 1998 I have been working at Middlesex University in their School of Fine Art (now School of Arts and Education) as a senior print technician (part time) along with my own art practice.

1990 – 1993 I spent working as a graphic designer in Denmark in between travelling and doing various courses and voluntary work in the UK with a Christian youth organisation (YWAM).

Commissions

  • 2006 Caroline Macy (private) commission of a limited edition of prints.
  • 2001 The Enterprise Technology Centre: Light sculpture and wall based installation, Watford
  • 2001 KPMG: 4 wall based installations for 4 floors at Canada Tower, Canary Wharf, London
  • 2000 KPMG’s Tax and Business School: Series of 6 silkscreen prints, South Quay, London
  • 1998 KPMG ART AWARD sculpture commission: large-scale public sculpture for headquarters, London
  • 1996 SAS Scandinavian Airlines System: 4 wall-based artworks, Kastrup, Copenhagen

Residencies

  • 1995 3 months at Fortismere Senior School, Muswell Hill, London: creating a permanent site-specific architectural installation
  • 1991 1 month at Ungdom Med Opgave, Århus, (Denmark): art and design work for exhibition

Awards

  • 1998 KPMG Art Award, Sculpture commission
  • 1997 The Sir Jonathan Clarke Award
  • 1996 The Ray Fawcett Memorial Print Prize, 1st Prize
  • 1995 The Ray Fawcett Memorial Print Prize, 2nd Prize

Collections

  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines System, Copenhagen
  • KPMG, Headquarters, Salisbury Square, London
  • KPMG, Canada Tower, Canary Wharf, London
  • KPMG, South Quay, London
  • World Com Tele Communications, London
  • BZW Investment Banking Division of Barclays Bank PLC, London
  • SONY, London
  • Flex Tex Television Studios, London
  • Olswang Lawfirm, London
  • Eversheds Lawfirm, London
  • Colonial Investment, London
  • St. Richards Hospital, Chichester
  • TMH Developers, Dublin
  • The Enterprise Technology Centre, KPMG, Watford
  • International Centre for Life, Bio-science Centre, Newcastle

Exhibitions

2007

  • Originals 07, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

2006

  • Rhyl Arts Centre
  • Billingham Arts Gallery, Stockton on Tees
  • Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury University, Kent
  • Originals 06, Mall Galleries, London

2005

  • Wrexham Print International, The Haven Gallery, Boston, Lincolnshire
  • Help, ELP group show, St Pancras Hospital, London
  • Footsteps in the Citadels, Nolia’s Gallery, London
  • ELP at the TEA, Workplace Art, Shoreditch, London
  • Spring Open Studios, Space Studios, Hackney, London
  • Originals 05, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
  • Wrexham Print International (touring exhibition), Yale Memorial Gallery, Wrexham, Wales
  • Print Zero Studios: Print Exchange 2, The ASUW Gallery, University of Wyoming, USA

2004

  • Press On, Art Now House Gallery, Camberwell, London
  • Florida Printmakers Open Members Exchange and Exhibition, Rainbow Building, University of Miami, USA
  • Print Exchange Show #2, Blue Door Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • Originals 04, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
  • Orininals 04 promotion exhibition, Foyer Gallery, London
  • Wrexham Print International (touring exhibition), Southhill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

2003

  • Portfolio exhibition, Vineyard Community Church, Bermondsey, London
  • Wrexham Print International (touring exhibition), Yale Memorial Gallery, Wrexham, Wales
  • Wrexham Print International (touring exhibition,) Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham, Wales
  • Space Open 2003 , Hackney, London
  • An East End Journey, Vital Arts, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London

2002

  • East London Printmakers group show, Seven Seven Gallery, East London
  • National Print Exhibition 2002, Mall Galleries, London
  • Printmakers Council exhibition, Buckenham Galleries, Suffolk
  • Urban Colour, Cowcross Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
  • A Sack full of Ferrets, Quicksilver Place Gallery, London
  • Domestic Bliss, MODA Museum of Domestic design and Architecture, London

2001

  • The Visitor & High Flyers, The Enterprise Technology Centre, Watford
  • create>>east london, The Prince’s Foundation, Shoreditch, London

2000

  • Shadow to the First Light, Brixton Art Gallery, London
  • Open Studios 2000, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London
  • Opening of Climber, St Richards Hospital, Chichester

1999

  • Hold my Hands, solo show (installation), Kairos in Soho, Soho, London
  • Hidden Art 1999, East London
  • The Contemporary Print Fair, Atlantis Gallery, Brick Lane, London
  • Impact, Spike Island Artspace, Bristol
  • KPMG Art Awards, Launch of commissioned Sculpture, London

1997

  • MA Printmaking Final Exhibition, Camberwell College of Arts, London
  • Transformations, Greenbelt Festival, Northhampton
  • Print exhibition, Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, Reykjavik, Iceland

1996

  • Mint BA Degree Show, Middlesex University, London
  • Hands On, Quicksilver Place Gallery, Middlesex University,London

1995

  • Print Show, Quicksilver Place Gallery, Middlesex University,London

1994

  • Annual Print Show, Quicksilver Place Gallery, Middlesex University, London

1988

  • Town Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Solo show, Teknisk Landsforbunds Kunstforening, Copenhagen, Denmark