From the Studio of…Clara Hastrup

What is your medium? Primarily acrylics. Acrylic paint is fast drying and can resemble watercolor or oil to a certain extent. I find these qualities very suiting for the way I work.

What themes do you pursue? As for right now I find most of my inspiration in nature. I try to capture the vulnerability of places that doesn’t suggest habitation or humanization – an exoticism that is afterwards dissolved and fragmented in the sense of non-existence. Illusions basically.

How many years as an artist? About a year ago I decided to focus on my painting and I gradually realized there was no going back. It is something I strive to become.

Sketchbook? Do you use one? What type? I always carry one but I rarely use it. When I do it’s mostly for taking notes or writing a grocery list.

“Untitled” by Clara Hastrup is available for sale for $1,500.00 or as a print starting at $36.00. View More of her work here.

Most important tool you use? A critical eye

Where is your studio? I go to a school with 23 other artists and we all have our own workspace next to each other. It’s just 10 minutes on bicycle from where I live.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? Not to be afraid

Process> Concept or Process<Concept? Process > concept, but frankly I’m not too concerned with this.

Why do you make art?
To me, my art is my freedom.

Art school or self-taught? Self-taught, but now I attend a school to learn more.

None. I have no desire.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
When I get comfortable in the process I usually listen to music. I also find it to be very motivating working in the silence of many people concentrating on their work at the same time.

Everyone has a vice. Care to call yourself out?
Candy. Oh there I said it.

What’s around the corner from your place?
The Royal Theater, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and soon there will be a McDonalds too.

Favorite sound?

Who are your favorite writers?
Paul Auster and Isabel Allende

What could you not do without?
Friends, family, my dog, 24 hours access to my studio, solitude

“Untitled” is available for sale for $800.00 on Saatchi Online. View more here.

Food or sleep? If I could avoid both I would.

Finish the sentence: “I would never be caught dead….” Smoking a cigarette or watching a reality show.

Would you rather be able to make a living as an artist now or become famous after you die?
To make a living as an artist would be a dream come true.

Traditional or conceptual?
The combination

What do you collect?
Free stuff

Favorite contemporary artist? My list seems to expand every day. Hmm… Peter Doig and Ali Banisadr definitely though.

A piece of art you love? Nalini Malani’s “In Search of Vanished Blood” installation for dOCUMENTA13.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A water lily painting by Monet.

Which living or dead artist would you most like to meet?
Jean Michel Basquiat.


“Untitled” is available for sale for $1,400 or as a print starting at $72.00. View More Here.

Figurative or abstract? It depends on what you see.

Photo references? Yes. They are an essential part of my work process. I take many photos when travelling and they serve as a great source of inspiration.

Is painting dead? No. Nevertheless our perception of what painting is and can be continually rises from the ashes and that’s refreshing.

What do you wear while you paint? An old denim shirt.

Painting Inside or Outside? Both.

Monet or Manet? Monet.

Is bigger better? Is less more?

Love Clara’s work as much as us? Check out her entire collection here




  1. Jan Bolding says:

    Clara, vi synes, dine billeder er fantastisk flotte! Faktisk oplever jeg meget, meget sjældent at se noget ægte kunst, som jeg gerne vil se på hver dag og som godt må hænge i min stue. Sådan har jeg det især med det sidste af dine billeder, du viser. Det som du skriver “word in progress” ved. Er det til salg? Jeg håber du bliver ved med at følge dit klare talent og vil gerne besøge dit studio og kigge.

  2. I loved this interview.I can see a strong personality in your works and answers. Good luck for your job! :) ida

  3. Clara, du er som en regnbue. Held og lykke frem over.
    Knus Dorte

  4. Dimitri P.Iliou says:

    I must admit Clara’s paintings are rather shiny and fresh.
    A paradise of colours.

  5. Hi ….

    (Art is the oxygen of life and colors …. waves, art and design … and sailing, and creativity, and the artist is the ambassador of the meaning and beauty)
    With all due respect to you and appreciate the
    Let me introduce myself, your country and it really is a great cultural mobility, especially art
    I am a young man from Algeria and I saw that I am a young artist and sculptor I have a lot of art and lived in numerous exhibitions and I am a calligrapher and I can type in any language paintings advertising and design stores the names of some institutions and companies. Volunteers worked with the psychiatric hospital (art therapy) and I studied the original principles of the Youth 6 years of graphic arts for kids
    That lack a little in the area of national research outside help and a chance to succeed and develop my skills to a decent life and ongoing work in the area who love (art and creativity) to trend piece Lanternât looking for success and communicate life has taught me that the faith of the individual’s ability and hard work and patience are the key to success
    And you all greetings and thanks
    E-mail: berrichisassi21@gmail.Com

  6. hi
    I really enjoyed.
    thanks you for your beautiful art.

  7. Clara,

    Gorgeous creations!
    You and I love strong colors. Check on my website.
    One question: which meaning do you give to the small rectangles which delineate your paintings color structures?
    Look forward to remaining in contact.
    Congrats. Continue cultivating both solitude and energy.
    Mikkey Angello.

  8. great job clara
    looks really nice and fresh.

  9. Lars Magnus says:

    Hej Clara, meget smukke billeder, man bliver glad i låget. God vind. Lars Magnus

  10. Michael Sarda says:

    Mosaic reality? Are you familiar with the work of Vieira da Silva?
    Several comments mention “fresh.” Agreed.
    You’re very talented – watch the thin line between pretty picture and meaningless image.

  11. Interesting work. I appreciate your style and the dedication to detail it takes to make the paintings. That dedication coupled with determination and discipline will make your work worth viewing. I look forward to what you will be creating in the coming years!

  12. Love your work..Quite amazing and similler concept to mine . I focus more on lines….Keep it up. Clara… Botswana/Namibia

  13. C. Crystal Jeffery says:


  14. carlos says:

    Congratulations, great work and of impressionist feature.

  15. sagheer says:

    hi,ur work is superb…………. i like it

  16. Miguel SZanirato says:

    Interesting work. Beautiful… I appreciate your style. I want be our friend on the facebook. Kisses.

  17. PAUL says:


  18. Stu Sporn says:

    Congrats… nice work!

  19. Hello Clara, I am very happy to have seen his work, congratulations on your creativity.
    GREETINGS!!!>>>>>>>>Regards from Pompeii-


  20. Amy Frith says:

    Beautiful work! I agree, for me, my art is also my freedom:):)

  21. sambit says:

    This is really great work. Hope you do get to make a living out of it. Also, I think that is one of the cleanest studios I have ever seen.

  22. Hi
    Your works are very beautiful and an unique

  23. Frank Lioni says:

    The painting untitled and for sale for $1.500 has 3 levels.The underground is some sort of bluegreen.blueish white and black. overflowing in each other.Then Clara paints some things, I see a flower,clouds?,some hills with green overgrown and some other difficult to define forms.Then Clara paints a grid,also 3 levels,black,red and green ,also more or less overflowing.,THis is what I see when looking at the painting. For me the question is what Clara means whith the grid.

  24. Beautiful Work. Clara has a Solid Style like No other .. Nice

  25. Martin Burch says:

    Love your work. Excellent specialization focus; your approach I of course mean. Mosaic painting, nice.

    If you get past my kabuki on the obviously non-professional youtube link you can see an example of my specialization focus. Nothing like yours, but we both take traditional viewpoints and put a little spin on them.

    Enjoy the day, dance if you get a chance. It helps, and you can do it while you paint! Martin

  26. ally says:

    Do you dream of squares?

  27. artforartsake18 says:

    Passionate paintings! Wonderful!

  28. fali leon says:

    I like your work!
    Your unconscious gets reality in a different patern.

  29. Earl Bunker says:

    Very nice! I look forward to receiving my painting and hanging it in my living room.


  30. Hermit says:

    Some excellent work there!

  31. hello clara your art is most impressionant,and oniric im artist your im recording a painter germany nacionalizated mexican gunter gerszo abstract painter congratulations also im poetry see you later

  32. jaël estrella says:

    your work is really great!!!!!love it!

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