26 April 2017

Gitte Eklund Short . About

Education:
1988-1992
- Studied fashion design at Danmarks Designskole, Kolding, Denmark
1992-1994
- Worked as fashion designer for: Fransa Clothing Company, Odense, Denmark
1994-1998
- Worked as head stylist (interior) for: Inbodan A/S, Sabro, Denmark
1999-2001
- Worked for Issey Miyake, London
- Designed own accessory range, London
2002-present
- Working mainly as an artist, Wellington, NZ
- Freelance designer and stylist, Wellington, NZ
- Part time tutor at Wellington Institute of Technology, teaching textile technology in the Bachelor of Design (interior) programme

Born in Denmark Gitte has been creatively aware since she can remember. She studied fashion design at the prestigious Danmarks Designskole Kolding, Denmark and went on to work as a fashion designer, and later as a head stylist in the interior business. After a period in London, where she worked for Issey Miyake, Gitte moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband and young son. Here she has taken the time and opportunity to fully explore herself as an artist.
 
Gitte works mainly on stretched canvas using acrylic, impasto, pencil and crayons. Using a mix of strong strokes, scribbled drawings and graphics, multiple layers, heavy textures and often rich colours, Gitte creates works with simple naive forms, clashing contrasts and complex details. These compositions express both a sense of balance and movement that include moments of playfulness in a raw manner. By using her intuition this bold abstract expression is immediate, confident and spontaneous.
 
Her paintings are sold through established galleries throughout New Zealand and her works hang in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Denmark.
 
Gitte welcomes enquiries on commissioned works for both private and corporate clients.
 
Representation & Exhibitions
2004
- Green Banana Gallery, Wellington
- Barrows, Martinborough, Wairarapa
- Parnell Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
- Whitespace, Ponsonby, Auckland
- Lush Design Gallery, City, Auckland
 
2005
- Parnell Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
- Whitespace, Ponsonby, Auckland
- Lush Design Gallery, City, Auckland
- River East Gallery, Greytown, Wairarapa
- Emerge Gallery, Wellington
 
2006
- Parnell Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
- Whitespace, Ponsonby, Auckland
- River East Gallery, Greytown, Wairarapa
- Emerge Gallery, Wellington
 
2007
- Parnell Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
- Whitespace, Ponsonby, Auckland
- River East Gallery, Greytown, Wairarapa
- WOW Museum, Reflection Gallery, Nelson
 
2008
- Whitespace, Ponsonby, Auckland
- River East Gallery, Greytown, Wairarapa
- WOW Museum, Reflection Gallery, Nelson
 
2009
-Whitespace, Ponsonby, Auckland
-WOW Museum, Reflection Gallery, Nelson
-Artbourne 2009, Wellesley, Wellington
-Wellington City Life Education Trust, Fundraising Exhibition of NZ Contemporary Art 2009, Wellington
-The New Zealand Art Show, Wellington
 
2010
-WOW Museum, Reflection Gallery, Nelson
-Artbourne 2010, Wellesley, Wellington
-The New Zealand Art Show 2010, Wellington
 
2011/12
-WOW Museum, Reflection Gallery, Nelson
-Artbourne 2011, Wellesley, Wellington
-Wellington City Life Education Trust, Fundraising Exhibition of NZ Contemporary Art 2011, Wellington
-The New Zealand Art Show 2011, Wellington

Awards:
Finalist for Signature Piece Art Award, The New Zealand Art Show 2010, to be held the 29th July-1st August 2010 in Wellington.

Media:Painting
Region:Wellington
Commissions:yes