Danish portrait painter Peter Simonsen

Danish portrait painter, Peter Simonsen (PS)

Self-taught artist specializing in the art of portraiture. Danish abstract expressionist and portrait painter living and working in Aarhus, Denmark. Born in 1957.

Abstract expressionism

The works are rooted in expressionism and are often created in an impulsive and very intensive process. Abstract portraits and motifs, strong colors and symbolism are part of the artistic universe. The inspiration sources are experiences in life, man, nature and music.

Of course, one must recognize the person I portray ... but I do not aim for photographic realism in the portraits I draw and paint. Rather an expressionist expression in which I seek to portray the person behind the portrait - and catching a mood.

Artist by detour

In fact, I should have been a building constructor - but after 14 days, with straight lines either "pointing" north-south or east-west, I could feel that my future was not in that line of work. I needed the pencil to work a little more freely ... the world of advertising gave me this opportunity.

I have always been interested in art and admired some of the great masters. But my way in the world of art has not been straight forward. I had to go other ways - before, I felt that now was the time to replace the world of advertising with the world of art. I started painting seriously around 2012-13.

Portrait Painting Installation - Chalk on canvas inside a transparent acrylic display by portrait painter Peter Simonsen

Portrait - close-up of the eyes created by portrait painter Peter Simonsen

- The goal is to portray the person behind the portrait and catch a glimpse of something undefined. The installation 'Fragile' is a portrait of a woman, the canvas is placed inside a transparent acrylic display. Has the artist finished the portrait? Is the painting in the process of deterioration? Does the painting show the fragility in the portrait of the woman? Many questions asked - but no simple answer.

The portrait fascinates

The portrait has always fascinated me. The face. The eyes - the mirror of the soul. Deeply fascinating. To face a person and talk about everyday things. Suddenly, the "mask" drops ... the person who faces me begins to relax. It is now, the face begins to tell the story. It’s now, I’m starting to work.

And when that happens, I can feel it in my body. The adrenaline pumps faster.

Self portrait of the Danish expressionist painter Peter Simonsen

Portrait painter Peter Simonsen together with Mike Colin Andersen in front of a very large portrait painting of Elvis Presley

Danish portrait painter Peter Simonsen at the vernissage on March 2nd 2018 together with Mike Colin Andersen in front of a very large portrait painting of Elvis Presley.

Portrait art is a very specific discipline in the field of visual arts. Is it staged or is it reality? Is it a flattering representation or is it striving for a photographic realism in the portrait? Or does the artist create more revealing portraits that show the "inner I"...? The latter is obviously seen from the artist's point of view.

View some of my portraits and other paintings (information in Danish)...

ART GALLERY PS

The portrait painting of Elvis Aron Presley is painted by portrait painter Peter Simonsen

Danish portrait painter Peter Simonsen has created a very large portrait of Elvis Presley. The painting is exhibited alongside other fan art portraits at Art Gallery PS.

The portrait of Art Garfunkel is a drawing created with chalk on cotton by Peter Simonsen

The portrait of Art Garfunkel is a drawing created with chalk on cotton.

The portrait of Ella Fitzgerald was painted from 2016 to 2018 by portrait painter Peter Simonsen

The portrait of Ella Fitzgerald was painted from 2016 to 2018.

Chalk drawings of The Beatles created in 2017 by the Danish artist Peter Simonsen

Chalk drawings of The Beatles (John, Paul, George and Ringo) created in 2017.

The portrait of Bob Dylan was painted back in 2012-2013 by portrait painter Peter Simonsen

The portrait of Bob Dylan was painted back in 2012-2013 by Danish portrait painter Peter Simonsen.