Ellen Ehk Åkesson

Bio

 

Ellen Ehk’s lifelong communion with the old-growth forest has taught her to hear a voice that is calling uniquely to her. Her revelations, interpretations and insights of the shadowy virgin fir forests becomes the utmost inspiration to her work, and she has dedicated her artistic practice to the exploration of organic form.

Ehk uses clay and bronze as a medium to connect body and mind, bringing an imagined organic object into the physical world. She is deeply inspired by her surroundings that feed her mind and eventually define the identity of each of the pieces she works on.

Her experimental works go through layers of color, blasting and repetitive firing, getting a unique feel by the constant act of doing and touching the material. Distant from utilitarian objects, her work can be perceived as fantasies captured in clay and bronze.

Ellen Ehk (born 1976 in Nybro, Sweden) has her studio in the former glass factory Pukeberg in Nybro. She received a Master of Applied Arts in Ceramic Art at the University of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2002.

Ehk has made solo presentations at Berg Gallery, Stockholm, Puls Gallery, Brussels, Vida Museum, Öland and others. She has also exhibited at the Side Gallery, Barcelona, Da End Gallery, Paris, the Röhsska Museum, VIDA Museum and Solliden Royal Park in Sweden and galleries in Japan, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Korea and Finland. Ehk is represented in private collections in Sweden and abroad, as well as in public collections such as Nationalmuseum, the Shanghai Arts and Craft Museums, Public Art Agency Sweden, the Stockholm and Uppsala County Councils and in several Swedish Municipalities.

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae:

Education

HDK, University of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg:
Master of Applied Arts in Ceramic Art, 1997-2002
Capellagården School of Arts and Craft:
Ceramic Form and Craft, 1995-1997

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Galleri Anna H, Göteborg, 2018
Puls Gallery, Brussels, 2018
Daniel Berlin Krog, Skåne Tranås, 2018
Berg Gallery, Stockholm ”Through the trees” 2017
Berg Gallery , Stockholm ”Forest theme” 2016
VIDA Museum & Konsthall, Öland, 2013, 2015
Kaolin, Stockholm, ”Dark Woods” 2015
Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm, 2013
Bergdala Konstgalleri, 2011

Selected Group Exhibitions

Chart Art & Design Fair, Copenhagen, Berg Gallery, 2018
“Sculpture Unleashed” Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, 2018
Galleri Sebastian Schildt, Stockholm, 2018
Da End Gallery, Paris 2013, 2014, 2016
SIDE Gallery, Barcelona, 2017
Krapprups Konsthall, Höganäs, 2017, 2010
VIDA Museum & Konsthall, Borgholm, 2016
Sollidens slott skulpturpark, Öland, 2017
Vogze gallery, Seoul, 2015
Keramiskt Center, Höganäs, 2013
Sofiero Slott, Helsingborg, 2012
Hanasaari, Helsingfors, 2012
Virserums Konsthall, 2012
Signerat, Arkitekturmuseet, 2012
Form&Design Center Malmö, 2012
Falkenbergs Museum, 2012
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011
Claska Gallery, Tokyo, 2011
Deici Gallery, Tokyo, 2011
Nature Gallery, Nagano, 2011
Sugata Gallery, Kyoto, 2011
Ameland Art Month, Holland, 2010
Arkitekturmuseet, Konstslöjdsalong, 2010
Gustavsbergs Porslinsmuseum,”Merikipe” Stockholm-Tblisi 2010
Röhsska Museet 2002, 2009
Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum 2008

Public Commissions

National Public Arts Council of Sweden, 2017-2018
Stockholm Konst, City of Stockholm, 2017-2019
Örnens Retirement Community, Tingsryd, 2015
Smedjans Primary School, Kalmar, 2014
Färjestadens Skola, primary school on Öland, 2010
Hanemålaskolan, Primary school in Nybro, 2010
Ljungbyholmsskolan, Primary school in Ljungbyholm, 2009
Strandvägens boende, Retirement home in Nybro, 2007

Selected Grants

The Arts Grants Committee, Visual Arts Fund, work grant, 2007, 2012-2013, 2017-2018
Golden Feather, Barometern, 2016
IASPIS, -International Artists’ Studio Program in Sweden, 2008, 2014, 2015
Konsthantverkets Vänner, 2009
Estrid Ericsons Stiftelse, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006
Kerstin Wijk-Broströms Stiftelse, 2002
Fredrika Bremer Förbundets Stipendiefond, 2002
Otto & Charlotte Mannheimers Stipendiefond, 2001
Fabrikör J.L. Eklunds Hantverksstiftelse, two year working grant, 2000-2002

Selected Public Collections

Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum
National Public Arts Council of Sweden
Stockholm Konst
City of Gothenburg
Stockholms Landsting
Västragötalandsregionen
Region Uppsala
Region Örebro

Professional experience

Teacher in ceramics, Capellagården, 2007-2016
International Jun Ceramics workshop/symposium, Shenhou, China, 2014
International ceramic workshop/symposium, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2009
World International Pot Art, Shanghai, China 2008
Project leader for creating the studio complex Ateljéhus Pukeberg,
together with Markus Åkesson, 2005-2006

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