Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dorte
Christjansen attended California State University at Long Beach
(UCLB). At UCLB, she received her Bachelor's of Art in Drawing
and Painting and her Master's of Art in Illustration.
lifelong interest in watercolors and her thirty-year work in
batik and gold leaf are the mediums she has chosen to express
the transcendent light and color she finds in her surroundings.
Her inspiration is drawn from the environment, its landscapes,
waterscapes, informal gardens, botanical imagery and household
animals. Japanese and European craftsmanship, imaginative pattern,
design and composition have significantly influenced her work.
"The art of batik is a process using multiple layers
of melted wax for creating images on fabric…[batik]
technique has been practiced through time and throughout the
world. Wax, or other resists, are applied to the silk cloth
to repel dye. Unwaxed areas absorb dyes…image develops
gradually by alternating the wax and dye process…wax
is removed by ironing the fabric between sheets of paper. I
paint the dyes on to the silk as if they were watercolors." -Dorte
Dorte Christjansen's watercolors and batiks have been exhibited
locally and nationally in galleries, museums and alternative
facilities. Southern California solo and group exhibition venues
include: Twenty-Nine Palms Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center
Gallery; Los Angeles Museum of Art (rental gallery), Downey
Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum; Biola University;
and exhibitions juried by Henry Hopkins and Kent Twitchell.
She has also exhibited at the Salem Academy, North Carolina.
Dorte has been represented by the Four Oaks Gallery in Pasadena,
CA and Eileen Kremen Gallery, Fullerton, CA.
Christjansen's work is found in public collections such as
the Downey Museum of Art, CA; Betty Clooney Foundation, Long
Beach, CA.; The Beverly Hills Country Club, CA. Private American
collections: Cher's daughter, Chastity Bono; former President & CEO
of KCET; and Earhart Collection. Private international collections:
Mr.& Mrs. H. Mousten, Denmark; Mr. & Mrs. O. Gregersen,
Denmark; and Ms.Christen Egebjerg, Denmark.
"My work has been included in several books and has been
the subject of local, national; international reviews and articles." Selected
books: "Exploring Visual Design," first and second
editions, Joseph Gatto; Albert Porter, Jack Sellack; "Expressive
Watercolor Techniques," Albert Porter; "The Fiber
Arts Design Book," Hastings House Publishers, New York.
Selected articles and reviews: "International Textilkunst," Germany; "Collectibles
Magazine"; "Fiber Arts," volume 6, No.2, review
by Caroline Dyer; Long Beach Press Telegram. "Through
continual exploration of wax resist techniques, Dorte Christjansen
has developed a unique approach that involves multiple layerings
of wax and dye…the result is a painting style of great
beauty, complexity, and subtlety." -Susan Louise Moyer, "Silk
Paintings for Fashion and Fine Art," Watson-Guptil publications.