Svend-Allan Sørensen

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  • 13th June 2015
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    Nordophile discovered Danish conceptual artist, Svend-Allan Sørensen, when we featured #PrizePrints The Queen Sonja Print Award, in New York. Svend-Allan is appearing at VOLTA11 Basel, June 15-20th. Basel’s renowned art fair for new and emerging art. He will also be showing lithographs at Kastrupgaardsamlingen outside Copenhagen, 17th June. Born in Kjellerup, Svend-Allan studied at Funen Art […]




    Nordophile discovered Danish conceptual artist, Svend-Allan Sørensen, when we featured #PrizePrints The Queen Sonja Print Award, in New York.

    Svend-Allan is appearing at VOLTA11 Basel, June 15-20th. Basel’s renowned art fair for new and emerging art. He will also be showing lithographs at Kastrupgaardsamlingen outside Copenhagen, 17th June.

    Born in Kjellerup, Svend-Allan studied at Funen Art Academy from 1997 to 2002. He is represented at the National Arts Fund, the Jorn Museum in Silkeborg, the Aros Art Museum in Aarhus and several other Danish collections. Today he lives and works in Odense.

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    Svend-Allan Sørensen: I come from a small farm, Stengården, outside the village of Bjerringbro in Denmark. Today I can see that this is where my work derives from. My work follows my interest in nature, in hunting and in shooting, although in a more radical way than before. Partly in terms of approach, but also in size, form and content. My works are in a way radically un-funky. They are not street. They are fields and woods. They express my points of interest. And in that way they relate to present time, to the contemporary.

    In recent years my work seems to have moved towards a return to the starting point as if driving full speed ahead in reverse gear. That suits me fine. Therein lies a prospect of settlement for me.

     

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    In May of this year, Svend-Allan exhibited at Oscarshall, Norway.

    Her Majesty Queen Sonja officially opened the solo exhibition; Miscellaneous Notes on Nordic Birds, on May 13th.

    The Queen Joséphine Gallery (Galleri Dronning Joséphine) is located at the Oscarshall summer palace. Every summer season, there is an exhibition of graphic art in cooperation with the Queen Sonja Print Award. Conceptual artist Svend-Allan Sørensen was the recipient of this award in 2014. I addition to the price money, Svend-Allan Sørensen received a residency at Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg. In October, the Danish artist worked with Ole Larsen in his atelje. Sørensen has created all the pieces in the exhibition this last year.

     

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    Svend-Allan Sørensen has been called a “popular modernist”.  As a graphic artist, he works in a clear tradition with the nature, especially birds, as a motive. But he adds to the tradition new personal features, in both technology and in content. To describe the nature and the birds are to him as important as to depict them – his work contains many words that are engraved images, words that are both humorous and everyday philosophical statements. He moves effortlessly between the established graphic techniques, celebrates the craftsmanship, but adds an ecological romance for nature that is indeed contemporary.

    Photos from www.queensonjaprintaward.no

    contact Svend-allan.dk

     

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    Janne Kyttanen

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  • 12th June 2015
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    Nordophile features Janne Kyttanen during a very busy period for him as he prepares for Design Miami/Basel We have excitedly followed his exhibitions, concepts, and designs. His work highlights how the specific visualisation many Nordic artists have, is something which is very much in demand around the world right now. Janne Kyttanen (born March 13, 1974) […]




    Nordophile features Janne Kyttanen during a very busy period for him as he prepares for Design Miami/Basel

    We have excitedly followed his exhibitions, concepts, and designs. His work highlights how the specific visualisation many Nordic artists have, is something which is very much in demand around the world right now.

    Janne Kyttanen (born March 13, 1974) is a Finnish designer and conceptual artist, best known for his pioneering work with design for 3D printing.

     

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    Janne Kyttanen was born in Hameenlinna, Finland. He commenced his design studies at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona in 1996, before moving to the Netherlands and graduating from The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the year 2000. During his studies, Kyttanen discovered 3D printing and envisioned a future in which products would be scaled down into digital files, their distribution becoming as simple as downloading music from the internet. Kyttanen’s vision for the future of 3D printing was so clear that he decided to focus solely on creating products using digital technologies.

     

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    In the year 2000, Kyttanen founded Freedom of Creation, a pioneering agency specializing in design for 3D printing. Leading a team of design and innovation experts, Kyttanen created a portfolio of acclaimed and awarded designs for the Freedom of Creation brand. Notably, Kyttanen was the first designer to commercialize high volume 3D printed products including creating the world’s first 3D printed lights, shoes and gradient structures. In collaboration with Jiri Evenhuis, Kyttanen made the world’s first fully functional 3D printed dress in the year 2000. In collaboration with Freshfiber Kyttanen created the Macedonia smartphone case in 2010 – this product was the highest selling 3D printed consumer product to date at the conclusion of 2010. Kyttanen has several patents pending, covering pioneering designs.

     

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    Kyttanen’s work has been extensively exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world. Such museum collections include MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum. In 2011 Freedom of Creation BV was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation, providing Kyttanen with access to the world’s most innovative, cutting edge software, materials and technology. Kyttanen has designed award winning 3D printers for 3D Systems including the Cube ® which has won a variety of awards including the American Technology Award (ATA) for outstanding achievement in Technology Manufacturing and Japan’s prestigious Good Design Award in 2013. Kyttanen is now Creative Director for 3D Systems, the largest specialized 3D printing company in the world.

     

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    SELECTED AWARDS

    Best New Comer Award 100% Design, 2003

    Best New Exhibitor Award 100% Design, 2005

    Red Dot Design winner, Lily.MGX lamp, 2005

    Interior Innovation Award Cologne, 2006

    Young Designer of the Year, Finland Forum, 2007

    Cristal International, Best Cyber/Viral (ASICS Sportstyle Left/Right campaign), 2009

    EuroBest, Best use of social media – Bronze (ASICS Sportstyle Left/Right campaign), 2009

    ADCN, Integrated – Silver (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2009

    Meribel Ad Festival, Integrated – Crystal award(Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2008

     

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    You can see more about Janne and his up-coming events at www.JanneKyttanen.com

    www.designmiami.com

     

     

     

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    The Jaunt: In Møkster

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  • 10th June 2015
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    Nordophile was recently introduced to Jeroen Smeets, who runs a project called The Jaunt. The project as a whole gained our attention immediately but when we heard that one of their artists had been sent to Møkster, just off of Norway, we wanted to showcase it on Nordophile.     COMBINING THE TWO BEST THINGS […]




    Nordophile was recently introduced to Jeroen Smeets, who runs a project called The Jaunt. The project as a whole gained our attention immediately but when we heard that one of their artists had been sent to Møkster, just off of Norway, we wanted to showcase it on Nordophile.

     

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    COMBINING THE TWO BEST THINGS IN LIFE: ART & TRAVEL

    The Jaunt combines the two best things in life: Art & Travel. Over the course of two years The Jaunt has organised a variety of trips with artists traveling to places like Helsinki, Istanbul, Antwerp, Los Angeles and beyond. Artists like Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Mike Perry, David Shillinglaw and many others have been sent on their way to become inspired. After each trip the artists create a unique artwork capturing the spirit and essence of their trip. On their trip the artists keep a travel diary for all the people back home. We travel the world, we inspire and we create.

     

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    In it’s first publication The Jaunt has gathered all the stories, drawings, snapshots and keepsakes from the artists on their trips. The book features exclusive interviews with the artists about their creative process, and shows unique sketches and photos from the trips. Offering a behind-the-scenes look of our artists and the project itself. A perfect introduction for everybody not yet familiar with the project, or a deeper insight if you have been following our trips along the way.

     

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    THE ARTIST

    Job Wouters, also known as Letman, is a typographer by heart. He lives, eats and breathes letters. With his typography Job plays on the borders of illustration, graffiti and calligraphy, mixing them all together for powerful and vivid visuals. No stranger to prints, fashion and large scale murals, Job’s works are as versatile as the alphabet itself. For his trip Job was looking for a place to lock himself in, and have a pure undistracted focus on his craft. Preferably with a good spot for fishing nearby.

     

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    THE DESTINATION

    Møkster is a small island off the coast of Norway, about an hour away from Bergen. It’s small, small in the sense that there are only 65 people living on the island. During the end of the last ice age Møkster was one of the first islands to appear without ice and snow, setting the ground for the first settlers. Archaeological findings of work tools date back to about 5000 years. Nowadays the main occupancy on the island is the local salmon farm, a local shop and a school with seven pupils. With right, this is an ideal retreat to enjoy peace, freedom, nature and a view across the sea.

     

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    The book is now available throughout Europe, or to order on our website www.thejaunt.net   For more questions please contact: info@thejaunt.net

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    Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award.

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  • 9th June 2015
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    THE AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION (ASF) & SCANDINAVIA HOUSE: THE NORDIC CENTER IN AMERICA Incorporated in New York State in 1911, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It is a publicly-supported, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a forum for […]




    THE AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION (ASF) & SCANDINAVIA HOUSE: THE NORDIC CENTER IN AMERICA

    Incorporated in New York State in 1911, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It is a publicly-supported, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and cultural understanding and has an extensive program of fellowships, grants, internships, training, publishing, membership offerings, and cultural activities. Scandinavia House – home of the ASF– offers a wide range of programs presenting contemporary Nordic culture that encompass the visual arts, music, and literature along with public policy, business, finance, and technology. These programs include art, design, and historical exhibitions as well as films, concerts, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and kids and family programs that illustrate and illuminate the modern-day vitality of the Nordic countries.  An American nonprofit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding through an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings. Headquartered at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, in New York City, the ASF celebrated its centennial in 2011.

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    Exhibition at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America offers an intimate view into contemporary Nordic Printmaking.

    It Features recent work by printmakers Tiina Kivinen, Svend-Allan Sørensen, Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl. Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway opened it at a reception of the exhibition of contemporary Nordic prints from the recipients and founders of The Queen Sonja Print Award—an international prize established to encourage artists working in the graphic arts.

    Featuring recent work by the 2012 and 2014 award winners, Tiina Kivinen (Finland) and Svend-Allan Sørensen (Denmark), as well as a selection of works by the award’s founders, printmakers Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, Kjell Nupen, and Ørnulf Opdahl, the exhibition offers an intimate view into contemporary printmaking in the Nordic countries. Edward P. Gallagher, President of The AmericanScandinavian Foundation, states: “We are delighted to present this exhibition at Scandinavia House, introducing New York to the work of two exciting artists and celebrating the launch of The Queen Sonja Print Award as an international prize, perhaps the largest ever to be awarded to printmakers.” Overview Prize Prints features a diverse selection of artworks from five Nordic artists.

     

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    Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award. Established in 2011 to encourage young artists working in the graphic arts, Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award is presented every other year.

    This show is on through August 1, 2015 Prize Prints celebrates The Queen Sonja Print Award, a biennial prize established to encourage young artists working in the graphic arts. The exhibition features recent work by the 2012 and 2014 prize winners, Tiina Kivinen (Finland) and Svend-Allan Sørensen (Denmark), as well as a selection of works by the prize’s founders, printmakers H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway, Kjell Nupen, and Ørnulf Opdahl. The exhibition also recognizes the exciting international collaboration between the print shops Ateljé Larsen (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Universal Limited Art Editions (Long Island, NY).

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    Photo; Eileen Travell, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2015

    While the award has been restricted to Nordic artists— nominated by the Nordic national art museums, Nordic printmakers’ associations, and board of Prize prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award—it will open to international candidates in 2016 with an expanded circle of professional nominators from around the world. Publication Prize Prints is accompanied by a 176-page catalogue entitled Prize Prints; The Queen Sonja Print Award. Published by Arvenius + Orfeus Publishing and edited by art historian Karin Hellandsjø, the catalogue contains interviews with Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl, and H.M. Queen Sonja; short texts on the prize winners Tiina Kivinen and Svend-Allan Sørensen; and reproductions of a number of the artworks on view in the exhibition. Exhibition-related Programs Prize Prints will be accompanied by a free mobile-audio guide of exhibition highlights; a symposium with artists, printmakers, and curators in conversation; and kid-friendly workshops led by art educators. A comprehensive exhibition-related programs release with additional information and background will be available shortly.

     

    The 2014 prize winner, Svend-Allan Sørensen, works with a variety of printmaking techniques, including lithography, linocut, and woodcut. His graphic works, often imbued with a certain whimsy or playfulness, operate at the intersection of text and image, where meaning is doubled, expanded, and complicated. In the series Animal Soup of Time, Sørensen interweaves text-based linocuts of literary snippets from Henry David Thoreau, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg (the series’s title is taken from Ginsberg’s Howl)—all of which take up the subject of nature and hunting— with abstract renderings resembling arrowheads or seals.

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    Photo; Eileen Travell, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2015  Svend-Allan Sørensen

    In contrast to Sørensen’s stark, graphic works, the 2012 prize winner Tiina Kivinen’s prints are crafted with delicate nuances of gray and black tones. Working primarily with drypoint, monotype, and mezzotint techniques, Kivinen creates lyrical, semi-abstract renderings of landscapes and figures that offer viewers brief moments of recognition in her ethereal compositions. In addition to works by Sørensen and Kivinen, the exhibition features a selection of works from the three celebrated Norwegian artists who founded The Queen Sonja Print Award—Kjell Nupen, Ørnulf Opdahl, and H.M. Queen Sonja—including the collaborative 24-work portfolio Three Journeys, Three Landscapes that launched the prize. Comprising eight graphic works by each artist, the portfolio takes the Nordic landscape as inspiration and illustrates the unique technical and thematic explorations the artists undertook throughout its creation. Nupen is represented by a diverse selection of collages, aquatints, and etchings that reflect his characteristic use of expressive color and tone; Opdahl by a number of intimately scaled aquatints and etchings contemplating the varied expressions of the Nordic winter landscape; and H.M. Queen Sonja by a series of otherworldly aquatints originating from photographs taken on a 2006 trip to an ice cave on Svalbard. A selection of more recent works by these artists will also be on view.

     

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    Tiina Kivinen, The Earth under My Feet, 2014. Mezzotint, drypoint, 35 2/5 x 49 1/5 in. (90 x 125 cm), courtesy of the artist.

     

     

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    Kjell Nupen, Untitled, 2011. From the series Three Journeys, Three Landscapes. Collage, aquatint and polymer plate, 17 x 22 4/5 in. (43 x 58 cm), courtesy of the artist.

     

    Curatorial Credit Sune Nordgren is trained as a printmaker and graphic designer. He currently holds the position of project leader for The Queen Sonja Print Award. Nordgren has previously served as Director of Malmö Konsthall in Malmö, Sweden, and as the Founding Director of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England. Support The exhibition is organized by Sune Nordgren, Project Leader for The Queen Sonja Print Award, and The American-Scandinavian Foundation. The exhibition is made possible by grants from The Bergesen Foundation, DNB Bank ASA, Trond S. Jensen, and Bård and Barbara

    The exhibition is made possible by grants from The Bergesen Foundation, DNB Bank ASA, Trond S. Jensen, and Bård and Barbara Bunaes. Additional support has been received from The Bonnier Family Fund for Contemporary Art, The F. Donald Kenney Fund for the Visual Arts, and The Asbjørn Lunde Fund in Memory of Karl and Elisa Lunde. Funding for travel by Tiina Kivinen has been provided by Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Transportation support has been provided by SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Public programming has been supported in part by a grant from the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

     

    For more information: scandinaviahouse.org | Facebook | Twitter @ScanHouse | #PrizePrints Hours and Admission

    The Scandinavia House 3rd Floor Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12–6 pm (Wednesday until 7 pm) and exhibition admission is free.

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    Linda Otton – Otton Art & Design Stockholm

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  • 6th June 2015
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    Nordophile spoke to Linda Otton, from Otton Art & Design, Stockholm. We came across Linda’s incredibly stunning Nordic inspired artwork and just had to find out more about the woman behind them. I would not describe myself as an artist, as such, but more an ”Interior detailer” – Creating  illustrations and imagery to tie in with my passion for interior design with a bit of Scandinavian  influence.  “Otton Art” only came about around four years ago during the search for a home in Stockholm. During endless  viewings of properties the realisation that the same four or five pieces of wall art (from a popular large blue  store) adorned almost every wall. I have been drawing and sketching for as long as can remember, but this time  the paints came out for the first time in an attempt to liven up my new home and every print you can find on the  website is or has spent some time as an original, very much loved piece, on mine and my husband’s own wall.  Visiting friends and family started asking me for prints, my self-confidence grew, a professional art  printer was purchased and the business quickly became popular. I originally only faced the Swedish  market but after much interest shown through social media, and the almost sudden popularity of all  things Nordic, the international website was spawned. Now we have repeat custom from all over the  world and even some fantastic opportunities to collaborate with talented people from all corners. At  the beginning I never dreamt the things I was painting, because I had an empty spot on the wall,  would be bought and put on someone else’s, I love that somewhere in Melbourne someone has my  dripping Dala horses up or that a pen and ink Stockholm is in a house in Brighton!        I was brought up between Stockholm and the island of Gotland with family spread about in the vast  rural areas in the south so I’m very lucky to know first-hand what beauty my homeland has to offer.  Whether it be in the nature, landscape or stunning cities, I have a smörgåsbord of material to quite  literally draw from! Added to that was a ten year stint in the UK which has only added to inspiration  in styles, trends and techniques that allow my work to constantly evolve depending on my own mood  […]




    Nordophile spoke to Linda Otton, from Otton Art & Design, Stockholm. We came across Linda’s incredibly stunning Nordic inspired artwork and just had to find out more about the woman behind them.
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    I would not describe myself as an artist, as such, but more an ”Interior detailer” – Creating 
    illustrations and imagery to tie in with my passion for interior design with a bit of Scandinavian 
    influence. 
    Otton Art” only came about around four years ago during the search for a home in Stockholm. During endless 
    viewings of properties the realisation that the same four or five pieces of wall art (from a popular large blue 
    store) adorned almost every wall. I have been drawing and sketching for as long as can remember, but this time 
    the paints came out for the first time in an attempt to liven up my new home and every print you can find on the 
    website is or has spent some time as an original, very much loved piece, on mine and my husband’s own wall. 
    Visiting friends and family started asking me for prints, my self-confidence grew, a professional art 
    printer was purchased and the business quickly became popular. I originally only faced the Swedish 
    market but after much interest shown through social media, and the almost sudden popularity of all 
    things Nordic, the international website was spawned. Now we have repeat custom from all over the 
    world and even some fantastic opportunities to collaborate with talented people from all corners. At 
    the beginning I never dreamt the things I was painting, because I had an empty spot on the wall, 
    would be bought and put on someone else’s, I love that somewhere in Melbourne someone has my 
    dripping Dala horses up or that a pen and ink Stockholm is in a house in Brighton! 
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    I was brought up between Stockholm and the island of Gotland with family spread about in the vast 
    rural areas in the south so I’m very lucky to know first-hand what beauty my homeland has to offer. 
    Whether it be in the nature, landscape or stunning cities, I have a smörgåsbord of material to quite 
    literally draw from! Added to that was a ten year stint in the UK which has only added to inspiration 
    in styles, trends and techniques that allow my work to constantly evolve depending on my own mood 
    or to simply stay fresh with current interior trends. 
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    The original purpose in creating my art was to have something a little less commercial on the wall 
    that complimented the interior design of our home but didn’t cost a fortune.  Now as a business 
    selling prints, more often than not depicting Nordic imagery, the expected Nordic price tag is 
    intentionally absent but the care and attention to detail is not, right down to when I hand tie twine 
    around a wrapped up print’s packaging or the quality of the paper I choose to use. 
     
    In my small studio at home in Stockholm, new pieces are always being imagined and created which 
    can often be seen in progress on my Instagram (lindaotton) and Facebook (Otton Art) where I love to 
    interact with my new friends and followers, during the times my brush is down of course. Once I 
    finish a painting I get an accurate scan and test print it on the same high quality, German etching 
    paper they are sold on using (my pride and joy!) professional printer, then I sit meticulously checking 
    it before putting it up for sale online. 
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    To see more of what’s going on in or coming out of my studio drop by my online shops or look me up 
    on Facebook or Instagram.  
    Ottonart.com (in English with global shipping) 
    Ottonart.se (in Swedish but with Sweden only shipping) 
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