“For me, art is a monitor of emotional energy and can help release cluttered emotions. It serves as an object of healing, boosting new energy, providing new mental clarity or enabling us to experience catharsis.
My work is intuitive, and its composition and colour are a means of transmitting energy. The form of painting, its need to be handcrafted and dealt with care and precisely are crucial to my work, and the scale of the body and its contour on the canvas are essential. In historical terms, my working method harks back to Europe’s first cave paintings, leaving traces of both our fears and the virtues of a civilisation on a surface.
Ethically speaking, for me, art is all about creating a spiritual ‘garden’ – a haven where we can meditate on who we are. Art can provide us with a mental space of inner freedom and help us confront our own mortality.
The medium of oil and tempera painting and its physical capacity to endure centuries physically are very important to me. The work of art becomes not only a way of recording the thinking of an age, but also a sacred object of contemplation for future centuries and generations.”
Augusta Atla (birth surname Fogh, b. Copenhagen, Denmark in 1979) is a painter and visual artist currently based in Copenhagen. Augusta has been an artist since the age of 14, and art is a natural part of who she is.
Augusta lived in London, UK from 2003 to 2007. Augusta received a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s, University of London in 2006 and an MA in Art History from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London in 2008. She received an Award of Excellence from the Fine Art faculty of Goldsmiths, University of London in 2006 and the Horsens Art Museum Art Award in 2007.
From 2007 – 2016, Augusta travelled across Europe, living in Venice, Rome, Milan, Paris and Athens, visiting the artworks of the European Masters, researching religious iconography and exploring the history of Greek Antiquity, all of which still have a profound influence on her work.
From 2014 to 2016, Augusta lived full in Athens, Greece, where she founded, curated and ran MAISON d’ART CONTEMPORAIN ATHÈNES / MACA.
In 2019 Augusta travelled to Delos, Greece to further study ancient Greek sculpture.
Augusta’s paintings, prints, collages, sculptures and drawings are in private collections in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, the United States and Spain. Currently, around 20 of her artworks belong to public museum collections.
Augusta has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries, museums, art institutions, art fairs and contemporary festivals in Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, France and Italy (see full CV, link above).
From 2006 to 2018 her dealers have included CAN Gallery (GR), AD Gallery (GR), Galleri Christoffer Egelund (DK), Banja Rathnov Gallery (DK), Charlotte Fogh Gallery (DK), Avlskarl Gallery (DK), Specta Gallery (DK) and the auction houses Paddle8 and Bruun Rasmussen (DK).
Institutional or museum art collections
The Danish Art Council, Denmark
Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark
The Danish Parliament, Denmark
VIR Via-Farini, Milan, Italy
Business’ art collections
Montana Furniture (dk), MC Invest (dk), Novo Nordisk Kunstforening (dk), Topdanmark (dk), Rockwool Kunstforening (dk), Ministeriernes Kunstforening (dk), Folketingets Kunstforening (dk), Nykredit (dk) … and more
Private art collections
UK, FR, DK, GR, IT, UAE, CH, USA, ES
Goldsmiths College Excellence Award, Uni. of London, in 2006
MA ART HISTORY & THEORY (2006 – 2007) – Architectural Association, London, UK
BA FINE T (2003 – 2006) – Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
BA ARCHITECTURE (1999 – 2002) – The Royal Academy, School of Architecture, CPH, DK
INTERNSHIP, Matthew Barney Studio, NYC, US in the summer 2005
Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark + Banja Rathnov Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark + Sterna Residences, Greece + REMAP4 Contemporary Art Festival, Athens, Greece + Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark + The Danish Institute at Athens, Greece + Tptp Space, Paris, France + Gallery Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark + Volta6 Art Fair, Switzerland + Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway
David Risley Gallery, DK + Huset i Asnæs, DK + Format Galleri, DK + Hørsholm Kunstforening, DK + Drawing Biennale, Oslo, NO + Snetha GR + Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark + CAN GALLERY, GR + ART ATHINA ART FAIR, Athens, GR + Horsens Kunstmuseum, DK + MAISON MACA, GR + Vingt Paris event, Paris, FR + New Shelter Plan, DK + Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Denmark + Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany + Gallery Christoffer Egelund, DK + Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain + Tallinna Kunstihoone, Estonia + Museet for Samtidskunst, Denmark + ALT_CPH, Copenhagen, Denmark + AD gallery, GR + Athens Video Art Festival, Greece + Gallery Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark + Brandts Museum of Photography, Odense, Denmark + Center for Contemporary Art, NL + Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark + Stamperia del Tevere, Rome, IT + Change and Partner Gallery, Rome, Italy + Artists Space, New York, USA + LMN Gallery, Oslo, Norway + Castles Gallery, London, UK + Numbers Gallery, London, UK + House Gallery, London, UK
PAO Festival, Oslo, NO + Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France + REMAP4, Contemporary Art Festival, Athens, Greece + Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece + Melanithros Gallery, Athens, Greece + The Danish Institute at Athens, Athens, Greece + Dora Stratou Collection, Athens, Greece + VOLTA6 ART FAIR, Basel + TPTP Space, Paris, FR + Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DK + Gallery Specta, Copenhagen, DK + Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice, Ieal LMN Gallery, Oslo, Norway + Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, DK + Uni. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada + Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway + Castles Gallery, London, UK + urban Performance, London, UK + MAISON MACA, Athens, GR
The Danish Institute at Athens (GR) + Sterna Residences (GR) + Ascea Residency (IT) + Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (FR) + The National Workshop for Art in Copenhagen (DK) + VIR Via-Farini-in-residence in Milan (IT) + The Danish Institute in Rome (IT) + San Cataldo Residency (IT)
MAGASINET IN (DK)
Dagbladet Information (DK) Jyllandsposten (DK)
Magasinet RUM (DK)
PAO Oslo (NO)