Born out of earth

"I form this raw material, earth, with my hands guided by my own imagination, but it seeks to mysteriously elude me; the alchemistic process of firing adds surprising new elements each time. I shape the material and simultaneously it has its own power. I try to detect this elementary power within me through the conflicting process. The complementary opposites of stillness and movement, convex and concave, arise from the strong kneading and the fine curving and modelling. I shape the dampness and the softness, it dries and becomes matt and fragile, and through the transformation in the fire arises the firmness and shine. We too spring from the same ephemeral materials issuing from the Mother Earth. The rebirth through the fire brings something to life which transcends time." "I owe endless thanks to this Mother Earth, and to my spiritual Mother, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, for this abundant inspiration and enlightenment." https://shrimataji.org

Keramik Wien
Brigitte Saugstad Keramik Ceramic

Biography

Brigitte Saugstad studied ceramic art and design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna under Prof. Matteo Thun. After completing her studies, the artist spent several months at the College of Art in New Delhi where she delved into the Indian mythology regarding the archetype of the ‘divine inner child’ — the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Deeply moved and inspired by this experience, the artist has let him playfully dance through her hands over the years, and in all her works is woven this principle of the inner child — the embodiment of childlike joy, innocence and wisdom within. Rather than provoke thought with her art, Brigitte Saugstad prefers to effect a state of thoughtless-awareness and release.

The Italian art critic, Georgio Pilla, summarized Brigitte Saugstad’s art in the following words: “The nature of the works lies in the flowing movements, the gliding and the floating, that lend the sculptures and other objects an extraordinary impression of joy and lightness. At the same time the works radiate a strength and solidarity with the earth. It is this balance between dynamism and harmony that instantly attracts the observer and suffuses one with life.”

Born in Vienna, Brigitte Saugstad presently lives and works as an independent artist in Vienna and the countryside of Lower Austria.

A sampling of international exhibitions

2018: „open art 2018“ Gallery Merlino, Florence, Italy

2018: „Die Dynamik der Stille“ Eine Art Gallery Mödling, Austria

2018: „Schatten“ Kunst:Werk St.Pölten, Austria

2018: ArtInnsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

 

2017: „No Robots“ Gallery KOKO, Vienna, Austria

2017: 71. Jahresausstellung, St.Pölten city Museum of the St.Pöltner Künstlerbundes, Austria

2017: Ibiza Artfair, Ibiza, Spain

2017: AIDAC „Salon2017“ Saint-Tropez, France

2017: Art Baho, Barcelona, Spain

2017: “Salon Golden Garden“ Mandelieu/ Cannes Villa Ruzzana, France

2017: Hommage a Morandi“ Verein für Kunst-Kultur, Eichgraben, Austria

2017: Art Shopping, Caroussel du Louvre Paris, France

2017: Kölner Liste, Gallery m Beck, Cologne, Germany

2017: „Hommage à Morandi“ Verein für Kunst und Kultur Eichgraben, Eichgraben, Austria

2017: „Art Baho“ Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain

2017: „surprise“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria

2017: „gegenwärtig“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria

2017: Kölner Liste Gallery m Beck, Cologne, Germany

2017: „rund“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria

2017: „taktil“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria

 

2016: Art Innsbruck Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria

2016: „Horizonte“ St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria

2016: Art Monaco, Monaco

2016: 70. Jahresausstellung St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria

2016: „Kunst am Zaun“, Börsepark Wien, Austria

2016: „Not for sale“ St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria

2016: „schwarz, weiß & grau“ St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria

2016: Art Innsbruck Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria

2016: „Glück“ Galerie m Beck, Homburg, Germany

 

2015: „Weihnachts-Ausstellung“ Art Nou Mil.lenni Galerie, Barcelona, Spain

2015: „Weihnachts-Ausstellung“ Galerie-Raum Cafe Latte Grande, Vienna, Austria

2015: „Weihnachts-Ausstellung“ Secret Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2015: „Weihnachts-Ausstellung“ Berekai Art Salon, Budapest, Hungary

2015: „69. Jahresausstellung St. Pöltner Künstlerbund“ Stadtmuseum, St. Pölten, Austria

2015: „Präsentation Kunstbuch „Artedition“ Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria

2015: "Inner Peace" Darb 1718 Contemporary Art & Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt

2015: "Artotal" Galerie Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain

2015: "The Mural for the Peace" Museum of the Americas, Miami, USA.

2015: Chianciano Biennale 2015, Siena, Italy

2015: "Sommerfest" Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria

2015: Art Beijing 2015, Galerie Art Nou Mil.lenni, Peking, China

2015: KÖLNER LISTE 2015, Galerie Artinnovation, Cologne, Germany

2015: "The Mural for the Peace" Alliance Francaise of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2015: "The Mural for the Peace" Hispanic Institute of Houston, USA.

2015: ArtInnsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

2015: London Biennale 2015, London, England

 

2014: Palm Art Award, Auszeichnung "Certificate of Excellence" für herausragende künstlerische Qualität und Originalität, Germany

2014: "Festzeit" LDXArtodrome Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2014: "The illusion of reality" Galleria De Marchi, Bologna, Italy

2014: Kunstpreis "Premio De Marchi", Galleria De Marchi, Bologna, Italy

2014: Permanente Ausstellung, Österreichische Werkstätten, Vienna, Austria

2014: Art Fair Köln, LDXArtodrome Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2014: S Art Space Gallery, New York, USA.

2014: Galleria Sabrina Falzone, Mailand, Italy

2014: 1. Art Fair Iran, Teheran, Iran

2014: "Überraschungen" Galerie Impact, Wiener Neustadt, Austria

2014: "Querschnitte" Galerie Merikon, Palais Esterhazy, Vienna, Austria

2014: Künstlerkatalog, International Contemporary Artists, USA.

2014: ArtInnovation, Kunst und Kulturhaus Tegernsee, Germany

2014: ArtInnsbruck, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria

 

2013: Kunstkalender 2014, Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria

2013: Katalogpräsentation 2008-2013, Rearte Galery, Vienna, Austria

2013: Katalogpräsentation ART3, Museum St. Johann, Austria

2013: 67. Jahresausstellung, St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, Stadtmuseum, St. Pölten, Austria

2013: Burgruine Reichenstein VI Internationales Malerfest, Reichenstein, Austria

2013: Imperial Palace, Lions Club Tyrol collective charity exhibition, Innsbruck, Austria

2013: Galerie ArtRoom21, collective exhibition with Kitz Art, Innsbruck, Austria

2013: Akzenta Graz, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Graz, Austria

2013: Art Innsbruck, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria

 

2012: "Beyond Thoughts" Rearte Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2012: "ViennaBloom" und "Papageno Herzschalen" Wiener Werkstätten, Vienna, Austria

2012: Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria

2012: "Changing Places – Art Without Borders" Galerie Offenes Atelier D.U. Design, Villach, Austria

2012: Festival Cultura dello Spirito, Albera Ligure, Italy

2012: Kunst Pavillion, Spring Art Fair, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Graz, Austria

2012: "QuadriArt" EAGL Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

2011: "Eisprinzessinnen" Hartmann Optik, Vienna, Austria

2011: "Multiple Choice" Domenig Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2011: "Multiple Choice" Domenig Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2011: "Eisprinzessinnen" Gallery-Studio 18, Vienna, Austria

 

2010: "Ganeshas and Fairies" Kunst- und Kulturverein, Eichgraben, Austria

2010: "Festival Cultura dello Spirito" Albera Ligure, Italy

 

2009: "Elephants For Peace" Gallery-Studio 18, Vienna, Austria

2009: "Festival Cultura dello Spirito" Albera Ligure, Italy

2009: "Elephants For Peace" Ledra Street border-checkpoint, international peace exhibition, Cyprus.

2009: "Elephants For Peace" Famagusta Gate Gallery, international peace exhibition, Cyprus

 

2008: "Christmas Spirit" Galerie am Karmelitermarkt, Vienna, Austria

2008: "Ganesha" Galerie zum Alten Rathaus, Stockerau, Austria

2008: "Role Plays: Impressions of Venice" Karmeliter Kirche, Wiener Neustadt, Austria

2008: "Distribuzione dei ruoli" Centro D’Arte San Vidal, U.C.A.I. Venice, Italy

 

2007: "Winterfarben" Schokoladefabrik, Vienna, Austria

2006: "Weihnachtsausstellung" Domus Designer Möbelhaus, Vienna, Austria

2005: "Winterfarben" Galerie am Karmelitermarkt, Wien, Österreich.

2001–2004: Heritage House Gallery, Langley, BC, Canada.

2001–2003: Arnold Mikelson’s Mind And Matter Gallery, Ocean Park, BC, Canada.

2000: "Flowers & Mirrors" Gallery NC, Ashville, North Carolina, USA.1990: "Reflections of the Heavens" Historisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

 

1985: "A New Coffee Landscape" New York, USA and Innsbruck, Austria

1984: "Contemporary Porcelain" Demel, Vienna, Austria

Art Books and Catalogues

Hardcover Buch Artedition 2018
ARTEDITION zeitgenössische Kunst, contemporary Art ( Artinnovation Innsbruck ) ISBN 978-3-903030-Hardcover Buch Artedition 2016
ARTEDITION zeitgenössische Kunst, contemporary Art ( Artinnovation Innsbruck ) ISBN 978-3-200-04314-5Katalog
70 Jahre St.Pöltner Künstlerbund 1946-2016 Edition over 500 copies
…the last 10 years

KunSTücke Werkband zeitgenössischer Künstler, works of contemporary artists, hardcover Bücher
Grüne-Edition: 2016 KUNST IST EINE FRAGE DER PERSPEKTIVE ISBN 978-3-9 81 69 49-3-2
Orange-Edition: 2017 KUNST BIRGT EINEN MÄCHTIGEN ZAUBER ISBN 978-3-9 81 69 49-4-9
Rote-Edition: 2018 DIE STERNE DER KUNST ERLÖSCHEN NIE! IBSN 978-3-9 81 69 49-5-6
https://alpenrand-magazin.de
Katalog LOWER AUSTRIA CONTEMPORARY 2018 Kultur NÖ
21st Salon International Des Artistes Contemporains 2017 Saint Tropez
Naumann Beck Verlag für Kunst und kluge Texte
Katalog: GLÜCK galerie m beck / Homburg/ Saar 2016 ISBN 9783939755487
Naumann Beck Verlag für Kunst und kluge Texte
Katalog: GLÜCK Kölner Liste 2017 ISBN 9783939755852 Auflage 500
Ausstellung „Glück“, Galerie m Beck , Naumann Beck/ Verlag für kluge Texte, Homburg 2016
Kunststücke - Werkeband zeitgenössischer Künstler, Südseiten Verlag, Moosrain am Tegernsee 2015
Artedition zeitgenössische Kunst, contemporary art, Artinnovation Innsbruck, Innsbruck 2015
Chianciano Biennale, Artmuseum Chianciano, Siena 2015
ART Innsbruck - 19th international fair for contemporary art & antiques, ART Kunstmesse GmbH, Innsbruck 2015
The Mural of the Peace, Museum of the Americas, Houston 2015
London Biennale – 130 artists 45 nations, Gagliardi Art & Partners, London 2015
Art3 - 150 Europäische Künstler, Kitzbüheler Kunstkreis, Galerie Kitz ART, Kitzbühel 2015
Art Collection Iran – International Gallery Exposition, Teheran 2014
ART.FAIR Köln, art.fair International GmbH, Köln 2014
International Contemporary Artists Vol. VIII, ICA Publishing, New York 2014
The illusion of reality – mostra internazionale arte, Galleria de marchi, Bologna 2014
Art3 - Zeitgenössische Kunst europäischer Künstler, Art3 Kunstverlag, Kitzbühel 2014
Kunststücke - Werkeband zeitgenössischer Künstler, Südseiten Verlag, Moosrain am Tegernsee, 2014
Rearte Gallery 2008-2013 - 5th anniversary, Rearte Gallery, Vienna 2013
Eagl quadriART 2013, Eagl Gallery, Berlin 2013
Galerie Bertrand Kass 2012-2014, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck 2012
Entering the century of women? Rosa Mayreder and Feminism in Vienna around 1900, Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna 1990
A New Coffee Landscape, Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna 1984

 

brigitte Saugstad Kuenstlerin

Art Awards and Commendations

„Adolf Peschek“
Publikumspreis 2016/2017
Stadtmuseum, St.Pölten

Leonardo Award for Sculpture
3. Price for “Eisprinzessin – Balance ist alles!”
Chianciano Biennale 2015
Siena, Italy

"Special mention for excellence"
London Art Biennale 2015

Palm Art Award 2014
"Certificate of Excellence"
Germany

„Premio De Marchi 2014"
Bologna, Italy

Ganesha

Portrait © Sonja Dürnberger