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I was born in 1966 in Denmark and am a Christian. I live and work in Vanlose, not far from the center of Copenhagen. I work in acrylic on canvas, paint in watercolour, make collages, drawings, lithographs, illustrations and sculpture (figures in clay). I also write poetry, give talks and teach. My creative urge is strong, and I am inquisitive and creative in many ways.

My career as artist really started when my work was accepted for the Autumn Exhibition KE in Copenhagen in 1995. By then I had been a private pupil of the Danish artist Jeff Ibbo for three years, and I was at the same time studying History of Art at Copenhagen University. I had already shown in several officially accepted exhibitions, and I had three paintings accepted for the Autumn Exhibition in 1996, which was very encouraging, and in both 2000 and 2001 my work was accepted for the Summer Exhibition KS too. In the meantime I had been in Latvia attending the International Fibre and Paper Art Symposium at a wonderful castle set in the rugged landscape, where my huge work made of homemade, hand-made cotton paper and felt, is still decorating the wall.

From there I went directly to Paris and I studied at the Ecole des Beaux Artes. Since returning to Denmark in late 1998 I have exhibited in many places, and have a busy life as practising artist. In 2003 I achieved membership of the Professional Danish Artists Union BKF and of the Danish Association of Writers (Illustrators Group) DF, and now feel I can have the privilege of calling myself a professional artist. In recent years I have not only had success in Denmark, but have also exhibited and sold work abroad.

From 2002 my works have become increasingly abstract and imaginative, but always retaining the expressive figurative style, with the space surrounding the figures as an equally important part of the composition. I am inspired both by the present and the past, and use colours to create depth and as perspective as used in Italian painting of the Middle Ages.

I always paint in series, series which may seem very varied as my work develops and I myself develop and change, for life is never static - these series are all concerned with people. I find much inspiration in every-day life and often try to express feelings and atmospheres. My main aim is to tell a story! But the interpretation and the experience is left open to the observer to invent his own story. In 2008 the Danish art historian Lise-Lotte Blom wrote the following about my work:

'' Lotte Kjoellers paintings are almost always inspired by human relationships. Often one or two people are depicted in a situation together. Many take place out-of-doors, many in an enclosed interior. Music, relaxation, and dreams appear in many of the works. In 2008 the artist made a series of paintings with the collective title 'Change', to be understood as transformation and change-ie Man's transformation throughout a lifetime. This is expressed through the motive, and the colours are vivacious and expressive. Occasionally gold and silver are used as a scintillating emphasis of movement in a direct or transfered meaning.
Lotte Kjoeller's sculptures, made between 1995 and 2008, are all, as is the case with the paintings, modelled from life. The material is clay with chamotte. The figures are fired, and some are glazed several times with the artists own recipe. Many of the figures, for example 'Grubleren', in fired clay with 'chamotte' 47x21x17cm, expresses marked and speculative sensuality.''

I could not express this better myself! My work must be seen - and here you have the opportunity to look at a chosen selection of my artmoney here, which I hope that you will enjoy!
Memberships: Member of the Danish Artists Union BKF, the Danish Society of Writers, Illustrators Group DF, member of the Society of Danish Women Artists KKS, the Artist's Society of 18 November, and the exhibiting group Cirklen.
Training: Copenhagen University, History of Art 1993-96. Ecole des Beaux Artes, cours de eté, Paris 1997. Private pupil of the Danish artist Jeff Ibbo 1992-95. BKF course in Lithography, taught by Jan Anderson of the Faeroes Printmaker's Workshop, 2004.
Grants: Ecole des Beaux Artes, Paris 1997. International Fibre and Paper Art Symposium, Latvia 1997.
Fields of work: Mainly painting in acrylic, but also watercolour, drawing, illustration, lithography and sculptures in clay. I also write poetry, give talks, lectures and I teach.

Censured exhibitions until 2011 include:
The Autumn Exhibition KE, Copenhagen, Dk 1995 & 96. The Summer Exhibition KS, Thistrup, Dk 2000 & 01. 6th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria 2000. Mini Print International, Cadaques, Girona, Spain 2007 with exhibitions also in Letangd' Art Gallery, Bages, France and Fundacio Trarrals d'art Grafic, Barcellona, Spain. Næstved Exhibition of Mini Square Prints, Dk 2007. 7th Kochi International Exhibition of Prints in Ino-cho Paper Museum, Japan 2008. The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, Iowa, USA 2008. The 1st International Biennial of Tehran, Iran 2008. 2nd International Mail Art Exhibition in Nyíracsád, Ungarn 2012.

Group exhibitions until 2011 include:
1988: Nicholai Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Dk. 1993,94: Art Museum of Sketches, Koge, Dk. 1996: Naestved Museum, Dk. 1997: Artist's Union of Latvia Gallery, Riga, Latvia. Viking Museum, Ribe, Dk. Trelleborg Museum, Dk. 1999: Viking Ships Museum, Roskilde, Dk. Rundetarn, Copenhagen, Dk. 2003,08: Kulturspinderiet, Silkeborg, Dk. 2004: Lithography by artists of Denmark and the Faroe Islands, Bryggen, Copenhagen, Dk. Gallery Art Fact, Copenhagen, Dk. Prins Frederik and Princess Mary's collection, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Dk. Kings Street Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland. 2005: Gallery Kunstnernes Hus, Silkeborg, Dk. 2006: Kloster Gallery, Leinau, Bavaria, Germany. Portalen Exhibition Hall, Greve, Dk. 1001 Artmoney, Oksnehallen, Copenhagen, Dk. Passion, Oksenehallen, Copenhagen, Dk. Byggeriets Hus, Frederiksberg, Dk. Saint Anastasia Exhibition with exhibitions in City Art Museum, Sremska Mitroviza, Serbia. Museum of the Story of the City of Yaroslavl, Russia. Sacral Art Museum of Zadar, Croatia and Biblioteca Civica di Mondovi, Italy. 2007: Politikens Hus Gallery, Copenhagen, Dk. 2006-08: Gallery 'Kellum', Copenhagen, Dk. 2008: Helligandshuset, Copenhagen, Dk. Gallery Filebos' Idealer, Bornholm, Dk. Gallery Badevej, Helsingor, Dk. 2009: Filosofgangen, Odense, Dk. Gallery Bastillen, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Dk x 2. Gallery Claus C, Copenhagen, Dk. Gjethuset, Frederiksværk, Dk. 2008,09,10: Copenhart Gallery, Valby, Copenhagen, Dk. 2010: Byggeriets Hus, Frederiksberg, DK. Naked Night, Frederiksberg Swimmbath, Frb DK. Gallery Claus C, Copenhagen, DK. Fields, Copenhagen DK. 2011: Helligåndshuset, Copenhagen DK. Galleri GAL, Frederiksvaerk, DK. Metropolia, Frederksberg, DK. Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sealand, DK. Gallery Filíbos ideals, Bornholm, DK. Galleri Dada-Post, Berlin, Germany. Portalen, Hundige, DK. Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sealand, DK. 100 days of Art, Frauenmuseum, Bonn og Ballhaus Düsseldorf 2011. Raundtower, Copenhagen, DK. 1997+2011.Gallery GAL, Frederiksværk, DK. 10,11. Metropolia 09-12, Frederiksberg, DK. Amnesty International, Brandts Klædefabric, Odense, DK. 2012: Copenhagen art Fair, Kbh. ”Maimaids and Miss, Gammel Dok, Kbh.

One-man exhibitions until 2011 include:
1993: Gallery 'Opus 1'´, Copenhagen, Dk. 1996: Gallery 'Bankgalleriet', Rodvig, Dk. 1999: Gladsaxe Art Library, Dk. 2000: Kultur Center Gammelgard, Herlev, Dk. Lyngby Art Library, Dk. 2000,02: Gallery 'Pialeh', Copenhagen, Dk. 1999-2006: Gallery Nybro, Copenhagen, Dk. 2004: ”JP- gallery”, Copenhagen, Dk. Gallery ”Tarp”, Saeby, Dk. Gallery ”Deco Art”, Hillerod, Dk. 2006: Gallery 'Over Gaden', Skaelskor, Dk. 2007: “Arthouse”, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Dk. 2008: Gallery LB, Copenhagen, Dk. Gallery Bagatel, Albertslund, Dk. 2009: Adventskirken Church, Vanlose, Copenhagen, Dk. Gallery Strandgade, Nexo, Bornholm, Dk. Gallery Pakhuset, Nykobing Sj, Dk. 2006,10: Cobrarummet, Sophienholm muséum, Lyngby, Dk. 2009-10: Copenhart Gallery, Valby, Copenhagen, Dk. 2010+12: Cobrarummet, Sophienholm muséum, Lyngby, Dk.

Awards until 2011 include:
Grants: 1993: Rosenvaegets Travel Grant. 1997: Bikuben Fund. Cold Stores Fund. Augustinus Fund. Ravel Levetzauske Fund.2012: Ascar Jorns Atelier.
Illustrations and publications: 2002: Adil Erdem, verse ,'Steder i Drømme ,' publishing house CDR, Dk. 2004: Lotte Kjoeller, verse, 'LivLøber', own publication, Dk. 2006: 'Guldnæsen' stories for children, publishing house Høst & Søn, Dk. 119 poets in Danish Society of Writers, Verse, "Ordloest", Publicing House ORDLØST 2009. Verse collection of Lotte Kjoeller starts page 965. Sensual pictures of words, among other Lotte Kjøller. 2010. publishing house GAL. : ”Skrædder i Helvede”, publishing house Dansklærerforeningens forlag.
Fresco and decoration: Koge College, Koge, Dk 1990. Copenhagen music school 1991. Club ”Bag Skorstenen”, Koge, Dk 1991. Skelgaards school, Koge, Dk 1995. Solbakken Camping, Kyndelose, Dk 2001, 04. Copenhagen Main Library 2004. SU-styrelsen 2011.
Happenings: “Golden days”, Copenhagen 04. “Artbattle”, Artville, Copenhagen 04. Naked Night, Frederiksberg DK.
Work in official collections: Copenhagen Culture Foundation, Dk. Hvidovre Council, Dk. Hundige Council, Dk. Ino-cho Paper Museum, Japan. Grafical Studio collection, Næstved, Dk.
Work in the Danish Royal Family´s collection: ”Over the sky under the sea” owned by Prins Frederik and Princess Mary 2004.
Sold to institutions: Hyltebjerg Church, Vanlose, Copenhagen, Dk. Institute for the blind people, Hellerup, Dk. Doctor Peter Flindt-Hansen, Hvidovre, Dk. UNICEF, Dk. Rotary, Dk. Danish-Indian Childcare, Dk. Adventskirken Church, Vanlose, Copenhagen, Dk.
Permanent exhibitions: “Arthouse”, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Dk since 2002. Claus C Gallery, Copenhagen since 06.
Mentions: My work has been mentioned in many Danish newspapers, and Danish radio as well