Rasmus Rokkedal Nielsen may be only 13, but his Cobra-inspired paintings are creating a stir in the art world.
The young artist held his first exhibition at the Kvist Gallery in Horsens last year, selling 20 of his 22 artworks. Public broadcaster DR reports that the gallery now has a waiting list of people anxious to buy Nielsen’s paintings.
Nielsen’s work is selling at the same price as other adult artists on display in the gallery and his latest work, entitled ‘2008’ sold for 16,000 kroner at Lauritz auction house. Proceeds of the sale went towards the Red Cross reconstruction work in Burma.
The teenager described his work as distinctly of the Cobra style – a European expressionism that had strong Danish and Dutch influences from the 1940s. It is characterised by brilliant colour, violent brushwork and distorted human figures.
As a four-year-old, Nielsen accidentally drank caustic soda, leaving him with serious burns to his throat. During his recovery he was paired with a personal helper, who was married to the Cobra artist Kjeld Appel, who in turn took him on as a student.
Nielsen was surprised by the waiting list for his work.
‘It’s very strange,’ he said, ‘I had never expected that it would be so big.’