Hanne Louise Nielsen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Conversation with Hanne Louise Nielsen


As a graphic designer & illustrator I make designs for print, web and animation. My work is communicative and conceptual in the approach.
I have a huge passion for making posters - since it´s a discipline that contains both aspects. I was born in 1975. 

Where are you from and where do you currently live? 

I am Danish and I currently live outside Copenhagen in Søborg. 

When did you become an artist and what was your first projects? 

While studying at “Designskolen Kolding” I got used to planning projects from my own ideas. After my graduation I looked for freelance jobs and in between having freelance assignments it was very natural and fun for me continuing coming up with my own ideas.. !
One of my first art projects was decorating a skateboard for the exhibition & charity event “Skateistan” in 2009 in Copenhagen Skatepark. !

Did you study art in school, if so where? 

I graduated from “Designskolen Kolding” (visual communication) in 2004. !

What inspires you? Any particular artists? 

I'm inspired by many things! Personal relations, people in general and how we interact with each other, society, the environment etc.
I am inspired by playing around with forms and shapes on paper, finding ways to communicate sometimes heavy themes in a simple and clear manner.
This could go hand in hand with words and sentences. !
In general I love to look at conceptual art - also 3D installations. I like Damien Hirst, street artist Banksy, and graphic designer Saul Bass just to mention a few…they all have a pretty clear communication in their work - with an edge! I am also very inspired by working for other people. !!!

What are some of the ideas behind your work? 

To mention a specific example I made 4 posters after reading Michael Rothenborgs book “Tordenregn - Danmarks fremtid i en varmere verden”. A book about what Danish nature might look like in 2099. It made quite an impression on me to read about how climate changes will affect our Danish environment, sooner than we think...We already have the heavy rain.. ! Many of my “black posters” are about playing with shapes and/ or with words to show different aspects of the human nature with a sense of humor.

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