Ole Tersløse (DK)
Ole Tersløse is a visual artist from Denmark. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 and with a background in classical painting he gradually moved towards digital art.
Although his works may appear like photographs at first glance, Tersløse never uses photography as a base for his imagery; instead he creates every image from scratch. Abandoning the camera in favor of realizing his ideas in digital media gives him a lot of artistic freedom. He creates his scenes the way a classical painter would, starting with small handmade sketches that determine the overall compositions of his pictures. The carefully thought-out deployment of figures leave no doubt that the scene is deliberately arranged. The endless possibilities of computer graphics enable Tersløse to make works that reinterpret and reconstruct the world with a touch of poetry, humor and madness.
Ole Tersløse sees his work as a reaction against what he sees as the myth of photography, the idea or claim that photography represents reality and that the photographer is able to confront us with the truth about the world. His powerful images investigate representations of (seemingly) realistic situations. The symbolic meanings, mysticism and combination of real and artificial elements in his art are significant in his surrealistic expression.
Placing his works between photography and painting enables Tersløse to play with styles from different periods in the history of art. According to Tersløse’s perceptual philosophy, no style represents the world in a true way, and this statement allows him to change freely between different styles and periods.
By examining the ambiguity of the situations presented in his works, the spectator is invited to explore and dwell in a parallel universe and hopefully get lost somewhere in-between space, dream and reality.