“Owning your own life, defining yourself, independence and freedom of thought” are the cornerstones of creativity, according to Birgitte Hansen, the Blue Mountains painter and muralist, who works on large-scale community works as well as high profile personal projects. Her own home is one of these, and its location on the Great Western Highway ensures high visibility for its colourful, controversial mural-covered presence.
Birgitte is an example of an artist who found her calling early. She started art school at the age of 16 and has been a practicing artist since 1968, producing public art, community art, commissions, murals, ceramic tiles, trade union banners and paintings for 20 years in Newcastle before moving to Blackheath, where her creative output continues.
There is always a political or personal issue at the heart of Birgitte’s work, hence her natural affinity for working with the union movement and communities. As a migrant female, from a working class background; a young mother struggling financially, she gained strength and found her own story and sense of place, which fed into her art. “Being poor, not being fashionable, and walking to my own beat” were Birgitte’s early challenges, which she faced head-on by being strong-willed in her vision, and remaining true to herself and her art. MORE