Profile: Tommy Michael Jensen
Tommy Michael Jensen was born in Copenhagen in 1960 but grew up in Odense. He graduated as a teacher of Danish language and art at KDAS in 1989.
In 2007 he started his artistic business with a number of local exhibitions in Valby - Copenhagen.
Later, he has exhibited at many Danish companies across the country and today collaborates with a number of recognized galleries.
Tommy Michael Jensen has also made his mark on the international stage:
2009 - Marzi Art Int. Gallery - Hamburg
2011 - Gallery Ward Nasse - New York and Art Expo - New York.
2015 - Palermo.
In 2018, he contracted an eye disease that has meant he has only produced periodically.
Tommy Michael Jensen lives and works in Copenhagen today.
About the Fall series:
Then it has also become a bit conceptual just like my Cityscapes have been. The last few years I have painted more than 40 new motifs in this series and they are all about trees.
And why so? Because trees for me have always been fascinatingly interesting, because they are so different and look different at different times of the year, and then they are also in a way momentary, because they surpass us humans in nature. They are alive, but much longer than us.
I do not want to paint trees the way they look. I do not want to photograph a tree in the painting. It does not interest me; but I want to convey a mood and let the tree speak as if it were a personality. Therefore, I only rarely use a fine, but I would rather work imaginatively and just create my own wood as it now comes out of hand that day. Therefore, you can not usually point to a tree in my pictures and say - it is a beech or it is a birch! It's just a tree and I try to put them together in a way so I sense they are talking together or to us.
Therefore, the subjects are often screwed together in such a way that one or two trees take focus in the same way as when you take a photo of certain people. You will always, almost arbitrarily, choose that one or more individuals in your image, but only a few, should form narrative. If you make a picture of tens of thousands of trees, then it is the forest that becomes the narrative and not the tree.