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About Ulla

   
     
 

Name: Ulla Plougmand
Nationality: Danish by birth
Birth Sign: Taurus

Background: Ulla was brought up and educated academically (equivalent of A-levels plus some medicine) as well as artistically in Denmark, her late father a dedicated practitioner, her mother who still lives in Denmark an equally dedicated psychologist.

Despite her rather conventional background Ulla has led a varied and colourful life.She travelled the world extensively absorbing a multitude of impressions, of people, culture, colour and scenery wherever she went, often making sketches, taking photos, later to express her experience and feelings on canvas - painting from her mind's eye above all.

The Present: Ulla's present work (predominantly oil on canvas) has been described as "intense, vibrant - spontaneous, exuberant", and as "having soul". All this - and more - is true. Every time you look you will discover something fresh, sometimes unexpected. The sensitive spectator responds to and enjoys this painter's obvious zest for life and generousity of spirit: she is giving - you have only to allow yourself to open your mind - and receive.

Favorite Themes: Her romantic often dreamlike, if at times abstract, interpretation of the beauty of the female form. Another well loved theme is that of dreamlike landscapes often inspired by her Scandinavian background, at other times by more exotic shores. Characteristically, she refers to them as "dreamscapes". A feeling of spiritualism is never far away.

 


Favourite colour: Blue - all shades - "my beloved Danish Blues, she calls them.

Favourite sources of inspiration: LIFE, first and foremost. Studying anatomy and working as a model was always an inspiration for her works celebrating the beauty of the female form. She is also inspired by the wonders of nature - volcanos, mountains, ice and fire - extremes, from explosions to complete stillness...

She loves walking along the at times deserted west coast of Jutland in her homeland Denmark, observing the rolling sea. In London, where Ulla has her studio, she walks in Hyde Park as a contrast. Yoga which to her often becomes a spiritual experience - and meditation - play an important part, too. All have the added benefit of keeping mind, body and soul together. Life philosophy:

Ulla sums it up simply like this, "I have faith". "I believe in the good in human nature and prefer to focus on this aspect rather than the opposites of the spectrum.Whenever possible I try to turn the negative into something positive. It is an ongoing challenge! I also believe in love. Without love this world would be a lost planet".

     
 

EXHIBITIONS

   
     
 

June 2007

 

Solo Exhibition
Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

       
 

Sept - Nov 2005

 

Solo Exhibition
The Mayfair Club, Holmes Place
London, UK

       
 

November 2003

 

Solo Exhibition
The Luke & A. Gallery of Modern Art
London, UK

       
 

November 2002

 

Solo Exhibition
The International Maritime Organization
London, UK

       
 

May 2002

 

Solo Exhibition
2 Marshall Street
London, UK

       
 

April 2002

 

Solo Exhibition
Palazzo Barberini
Rome, Italy

       
 

February 2001

 

Solo Exhibition
Champneys City Point
London, UK

       
 

November 2000

 

Solo Exhibition
Champneys Piccadilly
London, UK

       
 

February 2000

 

Solo Show "A Vision of Romance",
The Atrium Gallery

London, UK

 

 

 
 

August 1999

 

Solo Show "Dreamwomen & Dreamscapes",
The Atrium Gallery
London, UK

 

 

 

 

March 1999

 

Solo Exhibition
The Foreign Press Association
London SW1, UK

 

 

 

 

January 1999

 

Two Person Show, "Enigma"
The Atrium Gallery
London, UK

 

 

 

 

May 1998

 

Solo Exhibition, German Embassy
Belgravia London SW1, UK

 

 

 

 

May 1998

 

Group Exhibition, Heritage Gallery
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA

 

 

 

 

February 1998

 

Solo Exhibition, The Foreign Press Association
London SW1, UK

 

 

 

 

October 1997

 

Art Expo 1997
Los Angeles, USA

 

 

 

 

September 1997

 

One Woman Show, Icon Gallery
London W1, UK