A community minded arts studio in the heart of Copenhagen Creating. Connecting. Caring


A community minded arts studio in the heart of Copenhagen Creating. Connecting. Caring

Oil on Canvas- works by Mel Smith

Melanie Smith

Director/ Owner of Art Escape Studios

Founder of the AES Collective

Oil and Acrylic Instructor @ Art Escape Studios

Oil and Acrylic Painter

Melanie has been working profesionally as an artist for 20 years. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, she relocated to Denmark in 2012. She has been at the drive behind Art Escape Studios and its development and growth since 2013- building and framing workshops and classes in oil and acrylic painting in both Canada and Denmark. Some of those programs include the very successful Art Escape Retreats (International art retreat in Denmark since 2017), Collective 13 CPH- arts collective(2019) as well as Flatter the Masters, Art Adventurers Toddler class and the Parent Centered post partum painting class- a support group for new parents based in creative therapy and Art in the Park to name a few. 

Melanie has a real entrepreneurial spirit and a rare ' go get em!' attitude.

In addition to her work with the studio, Smith is a full time oil painter. She paints primarily portraits, however, an occasional still life has been known to cross her easel. She is currently working on a new exhibition. Her work can be found by clicking here- Artist Melanie Smith.


Pastel pencil on coloured paper- work by Christine Petersen

Christine Lembcke Petersen

Modern Pastel Artist

Drawing Instructor @ Art Escape Studios

Christine Petersen is a portrait drawer that explores the tension between femininity, masculinity and sexuality. Inspired by powerful colours and the POP art universe, she expresses herself through strong pastels and a love of detail. Her work includes the textures of the paper and often other elements such as glitter.

“My desire is to create art that is both aesthetic but at the same time challenges the senses and imagination in the form of embedded messages and the many detailed elements. I want to capture a spirit of our time and how that reflects our perception of beauty, sex, power and women's and men's roles in our society. "

Christine has worked intensively with pastel drawings for the past four years. She has recently returned from Spain where she was introduced to pastel art and found her niche. 




Watercolour and ink on clayboard- work by Ida Glad

Ida Glad

Acrylic and Watercolour Painter

Coach For Creatives

Founder and Facilitator of Couple Croquis

Watercolour and Acrylic instructor @ Art Escape Studios

Ida is a part-time artist and a facilitator for a drawing workshop named Couple Croquis-which allows professional artists to explore the intimate dynamics between modelling couples. She also works part time as an art-teacher for Danish company ArtnSips. She has been painting for the past 10 years and slowly developed a painting style that mixes abstracts and figurative elements in strong vibrant color schemes. Next to her work as an artist, she studies social psychology and communications. She has an integral life-coaching background and facilitates workshops that use art-creation as a pathway to personal and creative development.

“I have found, that the creative process often reveals shadow aspects of human personality, and can therefore function as a great tool for self-discovery.”

Ida paints in water-based medias, including but not limited to acrylics, inks and oil pastels. She like to explore emotional expressions through her art-work. She is inspired by the Japanese aesthetics worldview Wabi Sabi, which aspires to find the beauty in imperfection.

In her painting process, she likes to work with polarities and strives to find the balance between harmony and chaos. Her work is often inspired by nature, animals, the human body or archetypical themes. Energy is a keyword in her paintings, because she believe that the ability to transfer and transform energy, is one of the main purposes of art.

In additon to her work in the fine arts, Ida is also working as a face-painter and body-artist at different events and venues.



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Agostina Vilar

Multidisciplinary painter in acrylic and oil

Intuitive/ Abstract Painting

Agostina is from Argentina but is now working and living in Copenhagen. From a young age she was drawn to visual art as an outlet for self-expression. It became more of a reality when her creative mentor nurtured her interest, and gave her the tools and guidance to finally be able to fully discover her passion.

Vilar's work is a product of heavy acrylic and oil paint on stretched canvas but she has recently expanded her repertoire, creating paper works and posters.

While she is also partial to watercolor and she usually intervenes in her work with markers and expressionistic lines. Her love of abstraction is derived from the bold use of vibrant colors and the finishing lines added when she is about to complete an image. While her paintings would be called abstract in a general description, Vilar refers to her work as intuitive painting- the flow of the unconscious mind when her hands hit the canvas.





Madelon Verbeek

Acrylic and Watercolour artists

Madelon is from the Netherlands. She is now living and working in Copenpahgen. Since her childhood, she has been fascinated by the little, though important things, in daily life. Her interest in details has led to figurative paintings in which multiple stories are told simultaneously.

From collective to individual stories, from world news to daily coincidences; she gathers this information by engaging in conversations with different people.

Subsequently, she processes this information into a complete visual work. In this way, she wants to show the significance and particular of the different, personal everyday experiences.

She discloses details and stories in her work, which would otherwise be forgotten or remain unnoticed. Vulnerable happiness, but also the dissatisfactions in our daily life, and the way this shapes our surroundings and influences us as individuals, is the essence of her work.


New Artists Coming soon!

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