Pia Malmstrup is a Danish artist currently living in Denmark after some years in the small Channel Island of Jersey.
Her work is dominated by the sometimes conflicting concepts of chaos and order, abstract and reality. Infused with a passion for art from an early age her love of creativity was cemented by making plasma masks, designing and making clothes for friends and decorating china. She attended Kunsthåndværkerskolen, (art school), in Copenhagenin in the 1980’s working largely with watercolour before her focus began to shift into oil, acrylic and ink.
Although she begins with an idea of the subject that will be her focus, the process she experiences is fluid, open to change, and each piece can take on a life of its own with Pia as guide or facilitator. She generally eschews titles preferring the story for each piece to evolve with the person who buys it. This allows for a collaboration between her as artist and the owner.
Light plays a large part in Pia’s art and in particular, the striking effect of gold leaf. She uses it to breathe life and personality into many of her paintings. It allows her to play with changes from daylight to evening or from rain to sunshine.
‘My work is a window into my self; with each I have a sense of revealing something very personal about my soul.’
Pia also works in bronze and leather and has exhibited in Denmark, Portugal, Germany and Britain. She has been the founder and Chair of a Danish art club for 10 years and has a love for running big open studio projects.