Julie Nord

The works of Julie Nord borders between fiction and reality. The artist creates figurative universes which often contains cultural and visual references to fairytales, horror films and folklore but also to everyday life. The scenes of Nord’s drawings have a sense of eerie-ness to them almost resembling hallucinations or nightmares which makes us question our own sense of reality. This dualism between innocence and horror is a key element in the artist’s works showing a darker side of fairytales but at the same time illustrating the beauty of the monstrous. Doll-like children often preform as main characters in dialogue with animals, monsters and otherworldly creatures.

There is a psychological depth to Julie Nord’s recurring portraits of children which shows a deep interest in her characters inner life. The portraits almost become mesmerizing to behold which underlines the mirror-like gap between the portrayed and the spectator.

Mysterious landscapes and alluring narratives emerge in Julie Nord’s works. When unfolding the cultural and visual references new details appear: Family ties, nostalgia and the disruption of tranquility is recurring themes combined with a sense of dark humor. The meticulous attention to detail when working in various medias such as ink, watercolor, pencil, crayons and paper is omnipresent in the works by Julie Nord.

Julie Nord (b. 1970) is a Danish visual artist who lives and works in Copenhagen. Nord has had solo exhibitions at venues such as ARoS Art Museum, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Nordic Watercolour Museum in Sweden, and Turku Art Museum in Finland. Nord is represented in the collection of the The National Gallery of Denmark, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Vejle Art Museum, 21C Museum, Kentucky, USA, The Walsall Museum of Fine Art, UK and the Danish Arts Foundation and Ny Carlsbergfondet.

Available works

Lake Shore, 2019

Ink and pencil on papir

36 x 26 cm

Framed in Oak with art glass

Passage, 2019

Ink and pencil on papir

36 x 26 cm

Framed in Oak with art glass

Håndtaskemonster, 2018

Marker and pencil on  jume japan paper

27 x 19,5 cm.

Framed in oak and art glass

Reptilmonster, 2018

Marker and pencil on  jume japan paper

27 x 19,5 cm.

Framed in oak and art glass

Overgangsmonster, 2018

Marker and pencil on  jume japan paper

27 x 19,5 cm.

Framed in oak and art glass

Hybridmonster, 2018

Marker and pencil on  jume japan paper

27 x 19,5 cm.

Framed in oak with art glass

Untitled, 2017

Watercolour on paper

36 x 25 cm.,

Framed in oak with art glass

Success, 2016

Intaglio print, ed. 12

53 x 95 cm.

Indrammet med hvid træramme og glas