torben ebbesen

 

Torben Ebbesen (b. 1945) began his artistic education in 1964 at the Kunsthåndværkerskolen in Copenhagen. In 1967, At the Academy, he studied under Egill Jacobsen, Richard Mortensen and Palle Nielsen, graduating in 1975.

 

From 1976 to 1984, he was a member of the Ny Abstraktion group founded by Margrete Sørenen where he became interested in three-dimensional art. In parallel, he studied history of art at the University of Copenhagen while working as cultural correspondent for the newspaper Information.

 

In the 1970s, he was initially influenced by the Russian Constructivist painters Vladimir Tatlin and Kazimir Malevich. He then became increasingly interested in installations, using wood, iron bars, tiles, rubber and other industrial materials. In his Axis Mundi (1980), he expressed the inner "nirvana" while attempting to depict the individual's outer view of the world. A trip to Japan in the 1980s inspired him to adaopt a more metaphysical approach to his work in line with the teachings of Zen Buddhism. This is apparent in his Reflektor (2005) in Emdrup. Made of mirror glass, the work lies on the steps of an amphitheatre, depicting the effects of weather and time.

 

In addition to public works in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, Ebbesen's creations can be seen in museums across Denmark.

 

Torben Ebbesen has been exhibited throug Stalke Galleri from the beginning in 1987, and has been a great influence on many levels.