This Way UP/ Paintings/ Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke 

22. Feb - 22. Mar 14 / ended Lucy Bell Fine Art Photography Gallery


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 « english-tangram » no 02    30x30 cm   acrylics/oil/paper/canvas    St. Leonards-on-Sea  2012

« english-tangram » no 02 30x30 cm acrylics/oil/paper/canvas St. Leonards-on-Sea 2012

New Work by Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke


“One line plus one line results in many meanings” Josef Albers

Lucy Bell Gallery is proud to present the first UK solo exhibition of Maibritt Ulvedal Belke’s new work.

“Over the past two decades Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke has been exploring the act of painting, focusing on process, colour and matter, as well as her own physical and intellectual involvement.

Her work shows both rigour and a great freedom, in which the act of painting itself, the spreading of luminous matter, becomes the very core of the work.

Since 2009, Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke has been creating artworks inspired by the Tangram – the Chinese ‘brain teaser’: through a system of combinations where triangles, squares and rectangles are either superimposed or in juxtaposition, the work can be deployed, in theory, to infinity.

These, her ‘puzzles’, drip paintings, are both open and controlled. Whereas previously the drippings were the ‘unintentional witnesses’ of her vast brush movements, they have now become the expression itself”.

“This Way up” includes 20 paintings from Bjelke’s new series of work, it is her first Solo Exhibition in the UK Bjelke’s new work will also be showcasing with her Paris Gallery, Maria Lund at Art 14 in London at the end of February and in New York where she has a Solo Show at Demiurge Design Gallery in the Spring.

Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke was born in 1967 in Copenhagen. She arrived at the Paris Beaux-Arts from Denmark in the late eighties, where she studied painting until 1993. In 1994 she met the Navajo Indian Sand Painter Joe Ben Junior and she worked alongside him as his assistant for several years in France, Germany, Arizona and New Mexico, exploring Navaho sand-painting techniques.

Paris was her home and ‘work center’ for more than 25 years. In 2011 she left her beloved île Saint Louis to cross the channel and move to St. Leonards-On-Sea.

Over the years Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke has been invited to various artists’ residencies around the world. Thus during the winter 2007-08 she worked at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut and in 2009 she participated in the Annual workshop at The Mark Rothko Foundation Centre in Latvia.

Solo Exhibitions
(Galerie Maria Lund, Zurcher, Susanne Tarasiève - Paris) - (Galleri Weinberger, Banja Rathnov Gallery - Copenhagen) – (Galerie Proarta - Zurich) and (DCA Gallery – New York). She was also a prize winner at the Galerie Municipale de Vitry, Paris, in 1999.

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Mark Rothko Centre, Cerrutti, Giogio Armani France, General Motors, Copenhagen Art Foundation.

“This way up” at Lucy Bell Gallery opens on 22nd February – 22nd March. Preview 6-8pm. 22nd February 2014. Invitation only. For Press images or an interview with Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke please call Lucy Bell on 07979 407629 or email

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