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Stephanie Donsø

Is a Danish freelance artist, illustrator and maker living

in Denmark

I believe in the personal and the strength of authenticity when seeking to create and express within art. To be true to this I work and explore in a variety of mediums and expressional directions as well as both in my own name and as Det Gyldne Blad. It's a bit like a musician who composes music with different bands. - I guess I just like to play in different bands!

The sort of red line in my work is often centred around storytelling and my work often look like it could be from a book not yet written though without a beginning or ending and more like a fable inspired by life in general, children's literature, folk art and living etc.
Sometimes my work routines are very much concerned with Det Gyldne Blad which also include my webshop and having items in selected craft and lifestyle shops. It's a more commercial approach to my art. Other days I work towards art in relation to exhibitions. Since my solo show at the design shop Kapau in Copenhagen 2020 I have started to embrace exhibiting again. Something that I left behind and thought I wasn't up for no more, but I'm welcoming it again.

 Through the years I have exhibited within Denmark and abroad in countries like England, Holland and France, at galleries and exhibition houses and juried exhibitions. I have curated several group exhibitions where some has been in cooperation with other artists or art historians. 


Beside my art practice I also held a degree in Psychomotricien Therapy. Together with my art it connects my interest in the human emotional life, our relations and possibilities for development and how body and mind reflect each other.

For weekly updates visit my Det Gyldne Blad profile on instagram@det_gyldne_blad

..So what does Det Gyldne Blad mean? It means more or less 'The or That Golden Leaf'. Nevertheless the Danish saying refer more directly to the orange-golden color of an autumn leaf.

It's beauty, decay and melancholy in one.

For any type of inquiries feel, suggestions, cooperation etc.
feel free to contact me

Stephanie Donsø
Soldraget 21
3460 Birkerød

Member of:
Danish Visuel Artists/Billedkunstnernes Forbund (BKF)
Danish Authors Society & Illustrators/ Dansk Forfatterforening & Illustratorgruppen
DAP - Danske Psykomotoriske Terapeuter



-now and past

(Det Gyldne Blad):

Biblioteket Frederiksberg

Turbine Forlag/Book Publisher company
Straarup & Co/Book Publisher company

Yolly - Life style Magazine ( Childrens E book app)
DOF-Fritidsskole, Birkerød

To find a retailers list (whom I also cooperate with) go to the Shop category on the main/home page.

Happenings and cv

News & Evens


July 2021:
I am honored to be shortlisted for

The Northern Illustration Prize
(the Established Illustrator Prize)


The prize is a cooperation between The Northern School of Art and The Association of Illustrators (The AOI).

The prize is also a part of the Biennal: The Northern Festival of Illustration which include an exhibition of the shortlisted artists/illustrators and lots of events.
Will take place from mid September - November 2021.




Right now: The group show Fresh Legs.
Gallery Heike Arndt DK Berlin.
From the 2.nd of June to of October. 


Mid October - December: The group show
SCOUT at Galleri Heike Arndt in Denmark, Kettinge.

September-December: The Northern Festival of Illustration exhibition.
(More info to come)



Book illustration (Autumn/Winter 2021):
I'll be illustrating the sixth light reading book in the serie about the boy Bent.
Publisher: Straarup & Co.

Plus I'll be illustrating the third light reading fairy book.
Publisher: Turbine Forlaget.



1999-2002 BAHons with honours in Fine Art.

Colchester School Of Art & Design, UK.

2007-2013 Psychomotricien Therapist, UCC Hillerød (inclusive having my two kids)


Mainly working with Det Gyldne Blad


Illustrated and wrote the article 'Blomsterpres' (Flower pressing) for the Danish lifestyle magazine
Yolly issue #2.

Illustrated the following light-reading books for book publisher Straarup & Co and author Marie Duedahl:
'Turbo Bent'.
'Bent får en papmor'.
'Bent Futsko'.

'Bent kan lide smat'


Illustrated the following light reading books for the book publisher Turbine Forlaget and
author Kirsten Ahlburg:

'Mi og Pi må Sy'

Illustrated the following light-reading books for book publisher Straarup & Co and author Marie Duedahl:
'Pjæk Bent.
ABC-bogen: 'Xander & Xanthippe siger X'.

2018 Released the childrens E'book 'Marlenes Regnbue' (Marlenes Rainbow) both as author and illustrator in coopeation with

Past Art and Design markets  (Det Gyldne Blad):

2021  Harvest/craft market, Potteriet Anno 2001.
2020: Harvest/craft market, Potteriet Anno 2001, Allerød.

2019: Christmas Market, Potteriet Anno 2001, Allerød.
2019, 2018, 2016, 2015: Fredensborg Slotsmarked.
2019: Kunsthåndværkermarkedet Prismen. April.

2018: Christmas market, Mantziusgaarden, Birkerød.

2017: Vesterbro Raw Christmas Art market.

Art work of Det Gyldne Blad featured in magazines:
2020 Strandvejs Magasinet, Christmas 2020. Clay face.
2019 BoligLiv magazine, issue 12. Christmas cards
2019 Vores Børn, july issue. My kids print 'Dancing Kids'.

Past exhibitions

Imellem strå - er der en vej (Between Straw - There Is A Path). Kapau Designershop, CPH, DK


Valmue (Poppy). Vaeg Gallery. Aalborg. DK


REDElighed (Nest Mess). Modtar Projects. CPH, DK

I træerne sidder der fugle (Birds Are Sitting In The Trees). Gallerirummet/Hvidovre Headlibrary, DK


Stille stille eller storm. (Quiet Quiet Or Storm). The Cobraroom by Sophienholm Artmuseum. Lyngby. DK


Mennesker Imellem (People In Between). Astel Gallery. CPH, DK


Kredsløb (Circulation). Gallery Villa Bournonville. Fredensborg. DK


Group Exhibitions

Fresh Legs groupshow. Gallery Heike Arndt DK Berlin.

Imago Mundo Groupshow at The Venice Biennale. Curateret af Sophus Gether. Founded by Lucido Benetton. IT


What A Wonderful World. Nees Udstilling. Vemb, DK Censorer: Tomas Lagermand, Jette Ellgard, Jens Ardal, Morten Kroman.


Kast et blik (Throw A View).at Kunstpakhuset Ikast. DK

Sublimate Sublime Subliminal. The Underdog Gallery. London. UK

Sublimate Sublime Subliminal. The Lloyds Club. London. UK

Vaeg Gallery, groupshow. Aalborg, DK


FreeStyle. Gallery North. CPH, DK

Global Village III. Brønden Culture house, Brøndby, DK. By Stitching White Cube.

Global Village II. Château de Sully, Burgundy, France. By Stitching White Cube.

Global Village I. Projekt072 Alkmaar, The Netherlands. By Stitching White Cube.

Huset i skoven (The House In The Forest). The Exhibition house Skovhuset ved Søndersø. Værløse. DK


Projekt072 – Is Watching You. Projekt072, Alkmaar, The Netherlands. Curator: Jeroen Van Paasen.

For Livet (For Life). Awareness exhibition for World Aids Day, Medicines Sans Frontiers. Rigshospitalet. DK. Kurator: Julie Nielsen Damgaard.

DyreDamer (Animal Ladies) The Art Center Silkeborg Bad. Silkeborg, DK


OUTSIDE. Cukoo Farm Studios. In coop. with Tim Skinner. Colchester, UK


Drawings and graphic work. Gallery Rebecca Kormind. CPH, DK

TRÆ(F)PUNKT (Meeting Point) Gallery Rebecca Kormind. CPH, DK

Play Along. Gallery Rumkammerat. CPH, DK


Over bakke og dal… (Over Hill And Valley…) Møstings House. CPH, DK


Med blade der skygger for lyset.. (With Leafs Shading For The Light..) Together with Lykke Andersen Peter Lav Photo Gallery. CPH, DK

The Human Nature Gallery Martin Asbæk Projects. CPH, DK


Passionsdage (Passiondays). Oeksnehallen exhibition hall. CPH, DK

The hanging committee exhibition. Hvidovre Head Library. CPH, DK


Astel Gallery September Group Exhibition. CPH, DK


The Spring exhibition. Charlottenborg Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall. CPH, DK

New Talents II, Provence Gallery. Aalborg, DK


The Degree Show, Colchester School Of  Art. Colchester, UK

Nature-Nurture. Hay Gallery, Together with Richard W. Cox. Colchester, UK

Re-flex-ion, Brixton Art Gallery. London, UK


Fourteen, Digby Gallery. Colchester, UK


Bilingues, Outdoor exhibition together with author Anne-Louise Bosmans. Fredensborg, DK


Art Weekend. Fredensborg Library, DK

Autumn Exhibition, Humlebæk Art union, Humlebæk Library. Humlebaek, DK


Curator of the group exhibitions


Kast et blik (Throw A View) in coop. with artist Mie Mørkeberg. Kunstpakhuset in Ikast. DK


Huset i Skoven (The House In The Forest). In coop. with artist Lykke Andersen. Skovhuset ved Søndersø. Værløse, DK


DyreDamer (Animal Ladies) in coop. with Birgitte Agersnap. Kunstcentret/The Art Center Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, DK


TRÆ-F PUNKT, Gallery Rebecca Kormind. CPH, DK 


Over bakke og dal.. (Over Hill And Valley…) in coop. with artist Lykke Andersen. Møstings House. CPH, DK


The Human Nature, Martin Asbæk Projects. CPH, DK



2001 Shortlisted to The Northern Illustration Prize held by The Northern School Of Art & The Association of Illustrators (The AOI)



Received supportive grants from:

2019 Received a working scholarship from Autorkontoen.
2012 The Danish Arts Council’s Committee and from The Augustinus Fond for the exhibition ”Huset i skoven”/”The House In The Forest”. Skovhuset ved Søndersø, Værløse, DK



Catalogue: SkovhusNyt  #01/12. Text by the exhibiting artists and Artistisk leader leder Dorthe Abildgaard. The exhibition “Huset I Skoven”/ “The house in the forest”. Skovhuset ved Søndersø, Værløse. DK

Catalogue for the exhibition”DyreDamer”/”Animal Ladies”. Texst by the museum museumsdirektor Iben From, Mag. art. Birgitte Agersnap og and historian Anne Katrine Gjerløff.

Catalogue for Global Village 2012. Text by curator Jeroen van Paasen.

Birgitte Agersnap. Interview for (Nyhedsbrev #483, uge 39. 2009.)

Helle Frøkjær. Interview for (Newsletter) Nyhedsbrev#440, uge 45. 2008.

Helle Frøkjær. Catalogue text for the exhibition: "Med blade der skygger for lyset". Peter Lav Photo Gallery. 2007. CPH. DK.

Gitte Broeng. Text written for group show: "The Human Nature". Gallery Martin Asbæk Projects. 2007. CPH.DK.

Birgitte Agersnap. Interview for (Newsletter). Week 19. 2007



Interview. www. 28. October 2013. Kast et blik/Throw a view.
Vestegnen Lokal Avis/Vestegnens Lokal Newspaper. Uge/week 33, 2012.

Mayer Ole Bondos blog, about the exhibition Huset i Skoven/The house in the forest..

Interview. Nyhedsbrev #604. Week 10, 2012.

Kunsten indfanger publikum. Frederiksborg Amts Avis. 24.01.12

Udstillingsreportage. (Nyhedsbrev #595, 03.01 2012.)

Dyriske damer er taget i skoven. Anmeldelse. Politiken 29.07.11. Trine Ross.
Kristelig Dagblad. 20-27.05.11.
DyreDamer på dansk og svensk. Ekstraposten. 18.05.11.
Damer med dyr. Anmeldelse. Midstjyllands Avis. 05.07.11. Stig Winding.