Eva Nielsen explores the combination of landscapes inspired by old Masters paintings and architectural elements gleaned from the urban periphery. Bringing together silkscreening and painting, with a contemporary art heritage from figures such as Ed Ruscha and Sigmar Polke, she creates utopian landscape outside of a particular time or place. These brutalist-influenced architectures testify to a hypermodernity in deserted landscapes.
Forever changing, landscapes on the outskirts are being endlessly altered. Nielsen is always fascinated by phases of transformation and transition, such as when concrete construction elements remain as is for more or less brief moments in urban areas, these ready-made giants poised for action. She is deeply attached to areas that are being forever re-defined, areas that are built in layers, chronological and material. These elements have become motifs, as seen in works like Hard Sun and Polhodie.
Aphakieis Nielsen’s most recent painting and offers new developments in her work. Unlike previous paintings, whose sketches are established beforehand, here techniques come together, superimposing strata. With various steps of dilution and rubbing, she aimed to disturb the original image of the landscape, to observe the various strata reacting to each other, creating a trompe-l’œil.
Eva Nielsen (b. 1983, Les Lilas, France) is a French-Danish artist. She received her MA with honors from the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2009 and the Socrate grant to study at Central Saint Martins (2008). Her work has been exhibited at public institutions including MAC VAL, France; MMOMA, Moscow; Abbaye Saint André, France; Plataforma Revolver, Portugal; Perm Museum, Russia; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark; Palais Pisztory, Bratislava. Gallery exhibitions include Dominique Fiat, Paris; The Pill, Istanbul; Jousse Entreprise Gallery, Paris; Selma Feriani, London. Eva Nielsen was the 2009 recipient of the Prix des Amis des Beaux-Arts Prize, in 2014 of the Art Collector Prize, and short-listed for the Aware prize for women artists. Her work has been reviewed in Frieze, Artforum, Telerama, Art Press, Kunstbeeld, Le Monde and Time Out. Her work is featured in numerous public collections including the MAC VAL, FMAC, Museum of Rochechouart, CNAP, Fiminco Foundation.
Eva Nielsen is represented by Jousse Entreprise (Paris), The Pill (Istanbul), Selma Feriani (Tunis/London).