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Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov

Born: 1973

Hometown: Copenhagen

Based in: Copenhagen

Danish/Australian sculptor, textile designer and ceramicist Naja Utzon Popov was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1973 into a family of artists. She inherited her creative genes from her grandfather, Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect known for designing the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia; her mother, prominent Danish artist Lin Utzon; and her father, acclaimed Australian architect Alex Popov.

Naja’s childhood years in Denmark have always been an important source of inspiration for her work, as were the years she spent in Australia studying drawing, painting and etching at the Julian Ashton Art School. After moving to England, Naja continued her formal artistic training with a BA in Ceramics at the University of Westminster School of Media and Design. Today, she lives in her native Denmark and works out of her studio in central Copenhagen.
Najas influences from nature and her travels find expression in her work, where she translates her encounters with nature into textiles, glassware, ceramics and sculptures. By adding her own personal touch to works that beautifully combine contemporary design with Mother Nature’s gifts, Naja carries on the family tradition of creating outstanding art.

Naja has created gravity-defying clay sculptures for the Rosendahl A/S corporate headquarters in Copenhagen and a presentation sculpture was commissioned by the Institute of Architects in Barcelona in honour of architect Saenz de Oiza. A monumental outdoor sculpture entitled 'Gathering', which rises from the ground like ancient columns formed from Welsh slate, was commissioned for the corporate collection of the Danish organisation, Humana. One of her more recent project of a sculpture installation was for art collectors Sheela & Ivan Levys new restaurant in Palma de Mallorca, Fera Restaurant. Other sculptures and installations have been purchased by the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bodegas Ribas vineyard in Spain, Lovell Chen Architects and the new hospital wing in Copenhagens Royal hospital designed by 3xN Architects, to name but a few.
Bespoke retail design projects include an exquisite line of glassware for Zone A/S, sushi dinner service for UK sushi chain Feng Sushi and two exclusive ranges of high-quality floor rugs commissioned by the specialist retailer, Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark, as well as an outdoor rug series made from recycled plastic for Swedish rug company Triton Rugs. Naja has worked directly with architects and interior designers to create unique and site-specific artworks, murals and floor art in the form of rugs.


20 works for sale

Continuum

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Sculpture

$ 25,000

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Expanse by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Design Objects

$ 2,800

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Continuum by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Sculpture

Price on request

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Botanica Kiri by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Textiles

$ 3,408

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Expanse by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Design Objects

$ 2,800

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Expanse by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Design Objects

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Continuum by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Sculpture

$ 12,000

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Botnica Shino by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Textiles

$ 2,447

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Ice Maniitsoq by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Textiles

$ 2,447

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Botanica Kiri by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Textiles

$ 2,447

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Botanica Midoro by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Textiles

$ 2,447

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Woodlines white by Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov, Denmark

Textiles

$ 2,447

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Naja Utzon Popov In The Studio

"I work from my beautiful old studio in Copenhagen, there is lots of light, lots of space and its very private so I can express myself freely, I love when people visit my studio, it makes the whole process come alive for me."

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More About Naja Utzon Popov

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What inspires you?

People and places inspire me, nature inspires me, people who have a different skillset to me inspire me, when you are introduced to a different material by watching someone else master it is very inspirational, anything that opens up for a new perspective, it can be a place, a person, a material, a thought

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Describe your creative process.

I work very instinctively, my work takes form as I work through a process, sometimes an unexpected turn, sometimes familiar but I work in whichever direction my hands take me on the day

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Ethereal, instinctive, intuitive

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Giacometti, Miquel Barcelo, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley, Chillida

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

My slabroller, a wooden modeling tool, a soft metal rib and water

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

What if it DOES work

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Where do you go for inspiration?

My studio, as soon as I step inside I feel ready to create and to work, its a really special space


Collections featuring Naja Utzon Popov

3 Collections

Vases and Vessels

58 Artists, 104 Products

Last Updated Nov 30, 2021

Artworks for Textile Lovers

36 Artists, 55 Products

Last Updated Oct 07, 2021

Artworks for Textile Lovers

36 Artists, 55 Products

Last Updated Oct 07, 2021

Nifty Needlework

11 Artists, 40 Products

Last Updated Jun 17, 2021

Nifty Needlework

11 Artists, 40 Products

Last Updated Jun 17, 2021

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Credentials

Education

University of Westminster

United Kingdom, 2002

Kensington & Chelsea College

United Kingdom, 1999

Julian Ashton Art School

Australia, 1994

Exhibitions

Nordværk

2022

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

2021

Birkelundsgård

2021

Sculpture by the Sea

2021

JGM Gallery

2020

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

2020

Galleri Orange

2019

The Other Art Fair

2019

JGM Gallery

2019

Salone Del Mobile

2018

Salone Del Mobile

2017

Architectural Digest Show

2015

Cocobolo Gallery

2015

Saks Fifth Ave

2015

In The Gallery

2014

Art Copenhagen

2014

Maison et Objet

2013

Huset Tavi

2013

ICFF

2012

Maison et Objet

2012

ICFF

2011

Maison et Objet

2011

Grønbechsgård

2010

Jam Art Fair

2007

100% Design

2006

Galeria Kunstmann

2004

Awards

AUS, NZ & DK Friendship Assoc Artist Award for Sculpture

2021

Education

University of Westminster

United Kingdom, 2002

Kensington & Chelsea College

United Kingdom, 1999

Julian Ashton Art School

Australia, 1994

Exhibitions

Nordværk

2022

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

2021

Birkelundsgård

2021

Sculpture by the Sea

2021

JGM Gallery

2020

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

2020

Galleri Orange

2019

The Other Art Fair

2019

JGM Gallery

2019

Salone Del Mobile

2018

Salone Del Mobile

2017

Architectural Digest Show

2015

Cocobolo Gallery

2015

Saks Fifth Ave

2015

In The Gallery

2014

Art Copenhagen

2014

Maison et Objet

2013

Huset Tavi

2013

ICFF

2012

Maison et Objet

2012

ICFF

2011

Maison et Objet

2011

Grønbechsgård

2010

Jam Art Fair

2007

100% Design

2006

Galeria Kunstmann

2004

Awards

AUS, NZ & DK Friendship Assoc Artist Award for Sculpture

2021

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