Hege Ullensvang

"My vision, both artistically and in all aspects of life, is, to the best of my ability, to be happy and focus on what feels lighter. I believe that happiness is the magic formula to create and have all those wonderful things I can ever desire in life ... And it feels good too!"

Secret Below Surface Beyond - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 100 cm

“I call myself an artist now, but it took me years to acknowledge myself as one. Maybe because “well-meaning” teachers told me that I would be better off with a traditional academic education... that going down the artistic path was sort of only for the few. And I believed them. So I ended up with a degree of teaching arts & crafts and not in creating visual art, as I guess I wanted …

I was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1972 and lived there until I left for the University of South-Eastern Norway where I completed the Bachelor's degree of Teacher education in design, arts and crafts. I returned to Bergen and attended a yearlong study of Art history at the University of Bergen before I started teaching art and crafts in high school. Due to poor health, I stopped teaching, and in 1999, I decided to go to India. I went back and forth to India four times and spent most of my time in a meditation resort in Pune. I came to know people from all over the world and had many different social, creative and “spiritual” experiences. Among other things, I worked in a Mandala Painting Studio and learned the art of creating mandalas. After this, back in Norway, I spend a few years painting mandalas, using acrylic on cotton paper. Then I started working with other media, mostly painting on canvas, but also creating different fiber crafts. My health situation didn’t allow me to start working as a teacher again, and even though I was working with my art I didn’t really trust myself and my artistic abilities, mostly because I didn’t have “a proper” art education, I guess. I didn’t exhibit any of my work until 2010, and most of my creations are still, sadly enough, wrapped up and stored away, not enjoyed by anyone. Maybe it’s time for them to be seen now?

Anyway, I slowly came to look at myself as an artist, and along with that came also a greater self-trust and an eagerness for creating more … and now I have my own little studio where I happily create my pieces of visual art.”

Frack Curse! Face Camelot! - Acrylic/collage on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Glints of Change - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Yonder, your Dream - Acrylic/collage on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Profusion - Acrylic/collage on canvas 60 x 50 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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