Jan Sivertsen

Born 1951, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Painter, Sculptor


1977-82 Attends The Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen. Completes his studies at the school of painting by the professors Albert Mertz and sculpture by Robert Jacobsen.
1982-84 Attends L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Private studies with painter Jean Dewasne.


In 1977 Jan Sivertsen is accepted by The Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, under the tutelage of Albert Mertz, Robert Jacobsen and Sven Dalsgaard.
It is a thrilling time, where he is introduced to many new artistic ideas. He debuts at the Charlottenborg Spring show in Copenhague of 1979, where he once again participates at the Autumn show the same year . Yet working with paintings inspired by the new music and art as well of the discovering the postmodern philosophy. By two stays in Germany 1979 and 1980 he discovers the new german painting, which led him to decide to bring his studies abroad.
In 1982- inspired by his teachers’ experiences abroad- he travels to Paris. Here he immerses himself in the French spirit, with a particular interest in the coloristic techniques based on the paintings of Eugene Delacroix- as well as the poetic universe of Rilke. Jan Sivertsen extends his stay in Paris, in order to continue his studies at L’École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, and becomes a private student of painter Jean Dewasne. From 1984 he has his own studio in Paris. Aside from a brief stay in Berlin (2007-2011), Sivertsen has been living and working in Paris ever since.


Jan Sivertsen’s imagery is based on combining abstract expressionism with certain figurative elements. With precision he defines the painting processes and the work until a unique expression is achieved.

Jan Sivertsen’s style is also characterized by his distinctive use of color.
His works often embody dreamlike shadows of human figures, embedded in surface of the painting evoking spaciousness and depth. His expression is often considered characteristically Nordic in style, despite the fact that he has been living outside Denmark for a considerable number of years.
Through this distance he has gained a larger perspective, which has contributed to a depth of color and a particular use of light.

Selected solo exhibitions and commissions of the latest years

2020 "In the Forest", Galerie Birch Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 "Champ de Couleurs", Maison du Danemark, Paris
2018 "Ways of the Color", Silkeborg Bad Art Centre, Denmark
2017 "Ways of the Color", Sophienholm, Denmark
2015 "New Paintings", Galerie Birch Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 "Lithographies Et Peintures Récentes", Editions Atelier Clot, Paris

2010 "New Roses", Galerie Asbæk Copenhagen, Denmark

2007 "Le Fleuve", new lithographs Edition Atelier Clot, Paris
2005 "Wasteland", paintings in big scale, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005 The National Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen, commissioned decoration of the OHL-department

2004 "At Eye-Level", Paintings retrospective in tree museums in Denmark; the Kastrupgård collection, Copenhagen, Brundlum Castle (Aabenraa), Randers Museum of Art.
2004 Two large paintings for Decoration in Ranhill, Kualalumpur, Malaysia (Court. Galerie Asbæk)

2003 Commission of decoration in glass and ceramic paintings in the public health center of Nordborg, Denmark.

2002 "Drawings And Works For Public Commissions", The KØS museum, Køge, Denmark
2010 "Back to Basis", paintings, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen
1998 "Øjet Der Tænker" (The Eye That Thinks), Holstebro Museum of Art, Denmark
1997 "The Painter's Wall" paintings and paravent (cataloque) at the Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen

1996 "Persona", paintings and drawings, Galleri Ægidius, Randers
, Denmark
1994 "Prototypes", paintings, Galerie Nord, Randers, Denmark
1994 "Rencontres 7 Peintres", Musée des Beaux-Arts de Verviers & Espace BBL, Liège, Belgium.(Cataloque)
1993 "Prototypes", lithographs, Editions Atelier Clot, Paris
and "Under pressure" (lithographs) Hostrup- Petersen and Johansen, Copenhagen

1992 "I Øjenhøjde" (at Eye-Level), Galerie Nord, Randers
, Denmark
1991 "Love Affair In The Colourfield", paintings, Royal College of Art, London, England and Contemporary Art Collection; the Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland
1991 "Les Provocateurs Etranges", Musée des Beaux Arts, Le Havre (Cataloque) - With Jean Poul Huftier, Yves Zurstrassen and Jean Marc Vallin.
1990 "Light, Glass, Space", works in glass, KØS museum, Køge, Denmark

Represented in public collections :

Danish State Art Foundation, Denmark
New Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Holstebro Art Museum, Denmark
Art Museum of Vejle, Denmark
Art Museum of Randers, Denmark
The Collection of Kastrupgaard, Denmark
The Museum of Art in Public Space - KØS, Køge, Denmark
Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
Collection de la Ville de Niort , France
Several major Danish Art Associations and collections.