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 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 somewhat only for the few and talented. I believed them, and ended up with a Bachelor's degree in Art & Crafts Education and not as a performing visual artist. However, my skills, confidence and desire to create art grew, and even though I couldn’t call myself a "real artist" I continued creating.

I was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1972. In 1993, I left for the University of South-Eastern Norway where I completed the Bachelor's Degree in 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 arts and crafts in high school. Due to health issues, I stopped teaching, and in 1999, I decided to go to India for the first of four times and spent most of my time in a meditation and creativity 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 learned the art of creating mandalas and worked as an artist and teacher in a Mandala Painting Studio. Back in Norway, I painted mandalas, but I also created other things, paintings on canvas and different fiber craft works among others. I enjoyed my creative work, but I was on my own and didn’t come out with my work almost at all.

In 2015, that changed when I became part of a shared art studio with several other artists and that was quite an energy boost for my artistry. 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 ... 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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