Eva Flensted Madsen: “Lighten up your life”

A symphony of colour and joy, full of cheerful, fairy, and magical creatures – this is, in a nutshell, Eva Flensted Madsen’s painting universe. Her paintings have a striking level of vibrant light and lively colour palette, bringing happiness on any frowned face. 

Eva is one of our wonderful artists for a good cause. She entwined her creative and lively world around a Silvia lamp that will be auctioned at the end of our VITA lighting European Tour, and the money will be donated to a charity organization.

What does her painting universe look like? She let us discover it and the story behind the lamp she painted in a candid interview.

You’ve been painting for more than 15 years.  What made you go on this path? What fascinates you about painting?

I have been drawing since I was very young, and I have been creative as well. About 16 years ago, I started painting and I got hooked. And I still am! I find it fascinating to have a palette with colours, to play with them, to form new shades and colours, and to give the painting a character. It’s my way of expressing my imagination and fantasy… I forget about time and space, and it gives me an enormous pleasure.

Paint to live or live to paint?

Do I live to paint? Some days, yes! - that is the feeling,! Painting makes me very happy! But I need to be creative in many ways, so I also like to work with leather and other materials.

What inspires you in your paintings? 

I get inspired being the nature, by observing people, by emotions, by going to different courses, and get my inspiration from other artists as well.

Your paintings are a symphony of colour and joy. They invite the viewer to this “crooked” universe, full of cheerful, fairy creatures that seem to have fun together and to enjoy a colourful, magic life. What stories do they tell?
My palette is very colourful, and so are my paintings. I feel excited when the colours, the composition and the idea I have from the very beginning combine together in a form that gives the painting a meaning.

It’s hard to be sad or gloomy when looking at your paintings. They put an instant smile on your face, sending happiness and positive feelings. Is this a central motif in your creations, a sought-after thing?

Many of my paintings have a humour side. I like the figures to tell a story, and I love when people see my creations and start smiling!

Speaking of light and colour – you are now using the “light” as a canvas where you weave your “colours” and your fantasy art world. Can you tell us the story behind the paining you made on the VITA Silvia lamp? 

The VITA lamp I painted in Ebeltoft was inspired by the sea, as I was standing in front of it while I was painting. It made me think of sailboats and the horizon. The “dots” on it are one of my favourite decorations, so they had to be on the lamp as well.

What did inspire you to be VITA’s artist for a good cause in Ebeltoft?

When I am asked to donate a painting for a good cause, I feel proud and extremely glad. If I can make a little difference for someone, then I am always ready!

If you were to send a message to the people who will bid on your creation, what would it be?

Lighten up your life: with colours and beautiful lamps - VITA lamps ;-))