Bjorn Wiinblad :: Denmark

It's been a month since my last post! Oops. I just haven't been in the mood or had the time to post. Crazy holiday stuff and crazy busy at work.

Anyway, I was finally inspired to post by the work of this Danish artist, Bjorn Wiinblad whom I discovered on Ebay! His work is so fantastical and it ranges from poster art to pottery.

Interestingly, he began his career as a typesetter :
A peculiar tradition in Wiinblad’s family was that the youngsters usually got an education as typesetter, only to find out which line of business they would actually choose later in life. 17 years old Wiinblad followed this tradition and became a typesetters apprentice in 1935. Luckily he left this path as a technical composer of newspaper pages and became an artist.

To become a designer was a natural choice for Bjørn Wiinblad who already as a child was renowned for his creative mind. Before Christmas he was always busy drawing, painting, cutting and pasting astonishing gifts for friends and family.

Apparently, his calling is to create designs that makes the world a little bit more beautiful, a little more inspiring, a little more funny and often much more colourful. In doing so, he works in many different areas, for example with ceramics, porcelain, glass, posters, decoration for the theatres as well as textiles. In his own words, working with many different kinds of art is “a permanent search for the uncertain – to be a beginner – so that I must exert myself to meet the requirements of the different tasks”.

Reference: “80 year Bjørn Wiinblad, Sophienholm” (Danish language) and “KID – Weilbach, Danish Dictionary of Artists


Lynda said...

Hello...Finally found a person that knows about Bjorn...I have a poster of "musik" but she is facing the opposite direction holding 5 bells (tied to her fingers) with a small hammer in the left hand and four sleigh bells tied off her hat..Colors are luminous golds, turquoises and umber...I had had this framed work on my walls since the mid-70's...Was bought at the Salvation Army for $1 and it has been a mystery to me since...I have seen other "musik" pieces by Bjorn, but none like this..Can you enlighten me?

Ashley said...

Hi Lynda - Thanks for your comment. I'm not sure what sort of enlightenment you are seeking, but I'm afraid I don't know much more than you! There is a bit more info on Google now than when I originally posted this, and you can find out more info about Bjorn by looking at the various Ebay listings. Other than that, I can't offer you much!