Otto Frello

Otto Frello (April 6, 1924 – March 24, 2015); Danish painter, graphic artist, cartoonist and illustrator.

Received the 2004 Eurocon Award as the Best Artist. A square in Varde, near the former St.Jacobi school and church St.Jacobi, is named after him.

Otto Frello was a famous Danish painter and illustrator whose importance for art in Varde Municipality is beyond comparison.

Frello was born in 1924 in the small town Outrupjust outside Varde. After finishing school he apprenticed as a house painter in Billum before he left for Copenhagen in 1948. Here he lived until his death in March 2015. In the nation’s capital he received an education in various art schools and eventually mastered the technique of painting to somewhat perfection. Usually he mixed the reality of everyday life with supernatural elements in his paintings.

The paintings of Otto Frello invite the viewer to use his or her own imagination. Frello’s works are often rich in details and can seem chaotic at first sight. At Varde Museum, next to his two famous house end paintings in downtown Varde, it is possible to see a collection of some of this artist’s most famous paintings.

Otto Frello was born on April 6​th​ 1924 in Outrup and died March 24​th​ 2015 in Copenhagen.

The style in his pictures has led some people to label him as a “fantasy artist”.

On June 2​nd​ 2014, he was declared honorary citizen in Varde as only the second person in history.

In the center of Varde lies a square named Otto Frellos Plads, where his two famous house end paintings are located. Every year, on his birthday, another fish is added to one of these paintings.

His whimsical works told stories that had at least as much appeal to children as adults.

He was imaginative, indefinable and boundary-breaking.
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Suzan Hamer


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