Gitte Backhausen is a Danish-born Australian artist living on the South Coast of New South Wales. With a strong interest and background in human psychology, Backhausen’s work explores the subconscious mind. “To me art is freedom, it is a way of giving the subconscious a voice without the restrictions and demands of the mind.” Backhausen has a strong connection to the abstract expressionist movement and also draws inspiration from Australian abstract landscape painters such as Elizabeth Cummings and Ann Thomson. ‘I am a studio painter. However, I often draw inspiration from the world around me and allow this to come through, without forcing a specific outcome. I see my paintings as subconscious abstract landscapes that are free to form their own world throughout the process of creation. In the same way, they provide the viewer the freedom to imagine a world of their own in my work”. Since moving to Australia in 2005, Backhausen’s work has continued to gain recognition trough numerous exhibitions and continue to be selected for prominent Art Prizes, including Waverley Art Prize, judged by Tim Olsen; the Northern Beaches Art Prize, Blacktown City Art Prize, Meroogal Womens Art Prize & Kangaroo Valley Art Prize amongst others. Gitte is the co-founder and director of Fern Street Gallery in Gerringong NSW, and is also a sought after art workshop facilitator.