Art Spotlight: Morten Lassen

Art Spotlight: Morten Lassen

Infiltrated M

See Morten Lassen’s work in WTP Vol. VI #9

An abstract painting with small squares in a rainbow color lining the center
Infiltrated M by Morten Lassen

oil and spray on linen
59 1/8” x 59 1/8”

My work is abstract and expressive, which means that I don’t use sketches or other kinds of preparatory work before starting on a painting. My paintings develop as I am painting, and I work very spontaneously and intuitively.

Often the work changes dramatically during the process of layering. It takes four to six months to finalize a group of paintings, and during that time the work undergoes big color changes. It is these changes that build the painting, and it is only because of the journey that the works end where they end. I can’t skip the journey.”

Morten Lassen is a Danish abstract painter, based in Copenhagen, who has exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Australia. He works in series, on several canvases at a time, building up layers of oil paint in subtle grids of variegated texture and color. His paintings are in many public and corporate collections, including Danske Advokater; the Ministry of the Interior and Health; IBO, Herlev; Den Danske Bank, Haderslev and Ålborg Universitet.

Images courtesy of the artist and the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

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