Contact information:

Please feel free to contact Niels Borring via phone or email to make an appointment to visit his art studio.

Mobile: +45 20640982

Assistant:  Jorgen Poulsen
Mobile: +45 22670672

Studio location: Skeltoftevej 28
DK-3050 Humlebæk

 Meet Niels Borring

Niels Borring works primarily on paper and paperboard. “For me, paper is a much more interesting, flexible, and living material than canvas,” says Niels. “This is true of purely white paper as well as a wide variety of other paper and paperboard surfaces, whether new or previously used for other artistic works. I also like the idea of reworking and interpreting images of other artists in a way that tells an entirely new story.”

Niels also uses a variety of other two- and three-dimensional materials in his work. In two-dimensional images, these might be a combination of collage techniques or whimsical objets d’art and art installations. Thus, his works might best be defined by their location at the intersection of drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture. But beneath the surface, one can always feel the joy of the drawer’s or painter’s artistic craft.

“My works are based on what I see, as well as historical and current issues that interest me,” Niels adds. Of course, this also means that the different layers of his works are reflections of social and political circumstances, and that they are meant to portray fundamental human situations and everyday relationships.

One of Niels’s great sources of inspiration is the Danish Royal Collection of Graphic Art, where he works as a Senior Paper Conservator. “Naturally, I’m inspired by the enormous and very beautiful collection of graphic art which I see and work with on a daily basis. I think I learn something new from the great masters every day,” says Niels. “But I also often find inspiration in photographs I’ve taken myself, postcards, memorabilia, and graphic reproductions. I find lots of things in the museum shop or in second-hand stores or bookshops. And sometimes my inspiration comes from simple things I find on city streets or in nature when they ‘call out’ to me to pick them up.”

a.w. unterlandWhen signing his artworks, Niels uses AWU (A.W. Unterland) as his artistic alias.

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2000 to present: Senior Conservator, National Gallery of Denmark. Areas of responsibility include, among others, oil paintings on paper and master drawings from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque era.

1998-2003: Master of Science (MSc) in Conservation from the Danish Royal Academy of Art

1989-1992: Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation from the Danish Royal Academy of Art

1985-1989: Askov Jensens Drawing School, Copenhagen’s Glyptotek Museum

1988-1989: Practical Art History, University of Copenhagen

1985-1988: Minor in Art History, University of Copenhagen

1984-1985: Workshop cooperative in Copenhagen

1983-1984: Art and Drama studies, Herning Højskole 


  • 9 – 22 March 2022: Galleri Bredgade 22, Copenhagen.
  • 8- 28 January 2022: Censored exhibition Copenhagen Miniature Art, #CMA2022, Galleri Nybro, Copenhagen.
  • 30 November & 1 December 2021: Art Market, Birkerød Artist Cooperativ.
    • 17 – 30 March 2021: Galleri Bredgade 22, Copenhagen.
    • 28 & 29 November 2020: Art Market, Birkerød Artist Cooperativ.
    • 18 March – 29 March 2020: Galleri Bredgade 22, Copenhagen.
  • 30 November & 1 December 2019: Art Market, Birkerød Artist Cooperativ.
  • 11 October – 22 November 2019 Mini-Galleri No. 39.
  • 30 March – 24 April 2019: KP19 – the open juried exhibition of contemporary art in Kunsthal Aarhus (DK).
  • 1-2 December 2018: Art Market, Birkerød Artist Cooperative
  • 24. January – 3 April 2018: Artists’ Cooperative, CIMT, Region Hovedstaden – Centre for IT, Medico and Technology

2019: Birte Rottenstens Mindelegat – study tour Japanse art and paper production.
1992: Marie Månsson Scholarship Fund, used in the study of Australian Aboriginal Art.