The illustrator                                                               The painter                          

 -the many-sided danish artist 

 Nis Jessen is born July 5th 1935 in Denmark, and he comes from an old family of artists

and writers. He is married to the philippina artist Flerida, and they have a daughter and three grandchildren.

Nis Jessen had his exhibition-début in 1952. He is an impressionistic painter and an illustrator.

He has been working with his paintings and sketches in many parts of the world

– in South America, USA, and Africa but mostly in Asia in small villages, in refugee-camps

and among poor people and streetchildren - and in Europe mostly in Germany and on the isle of Bornholm.

He and his wife, Flerida, are the owners of the oldest - and the greatest -

gallery on the island Bornholm where he and his wife exhibit their paintings.

In Europe he is most known for his oil-paintings.

-  unique art for people, who search original works for their homes.


A little about Nis Jessen's career :


During his student time – as poor as a church mouse – he had made some political cartoons

and a myriad of local satirical newspaper illustrations – just to get some money

for survival, but also to get a lot of artistic experience, and also miscellaneous figurative and

object-drawings for different companies and various book-illustrations.


After a 25 year long career in advertising in Copenhagen as an Art Director and as a

conceptual artist at e.g. BP Oil Company, Nis Jessen in 1973 started his own gallery

and exhibition of his artwork on Bornholm – a very small, Danish island in the Baltic Sea.

He shows landscapes and paintings of expressive hands and people

in the third world. (eg. upland areas in northern Thailand, the UN refugee camps,

villagers in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines, Egypt and various countries

in Latin America, etc. etc.)




Nis Jessen is the author of cultural and historical educational
books for Danish schools,

including two volumes on North American Indian History (one about the the time before-

and one about the time after Columbus) and two volumes of coffee's history.

As a challenge he also wrote a crime novel. All Published in the years 1965 to 1972.

Additional he wrote numerous newspaper articles in all newspapers, etc. in Denmark.

Nis Jessen was for years a member of the Danish Writers Association.

Nis Jessen is a multible artist, and was both the cameraman and director, etc.of the educational film

 "COFFEE - The Green Gold"

(a film, which he recorded in South America, etc. for use in Danish and Norwegian schools.)

He was also director of the educational film "Take your time off for a cup of coffee".


He made study- and work trips: to Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, USA,

Morocco, Egypt, Kenya. Some work trips to India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand,

the Philippines and most countries in western Europe.




The Nis Jessen drawing, that LLADRÓ in Spain made into a charming porcelain-figurine.




- Is also the artist, who made all the artwork

for the fully illustrated version of :


To create A STUDY IN SCARLET he used some years for research,

and as the novel takes place in London in 1881 and the Mormon-state,

Utah from 1847 to 1860, he had to study both the Victorian-time

in England and the Mormon-settler's history in USA.

His intention was to make a completely realistic illustrated work based on facts

from the Victorian period - the original buildings, places etc.

- and with a lot of original "background-atmosphere".

He got help from foreign museums, libraries, Metropolitan Police Museum in London,

Utah State Historical Society, some Mormons in Denmark etc.

and he express his gratitude towards all the kind people,

who has been helping him during the eight years, it took him

to create the comprehensive artwork, which consist of 150 pages

with about 1100 persons, a lot of buildings, means of transport and about 80 horses.

It is obvious, that if an artist works on a project for so many years,

are the experiences and the quality-demands he has – after finishing all the 150 pages

– much more developed than after only the first 25 pages.

What did Nis Jessen do ? – he started again from the beginning, until he could see,

that the pages were in harmony.

(Simultaneously he also had to create paintings to his gallery)

"Well" as he remarks "Only the nature is perfect – and therefore my artwork is not perfect,

but I can assure you, that if I found mistakes during my work, I did my best to correct them."

This "marathon race" is honored by the Danish criminal-literature's critics

Academy-Award from 'Det Danske Kriminalakademi'.


please click her:

... and read what the readers wrote

about NisJessen's artwork


The famous Danish actor, Mads Mikkelsen (James Bond's worst enemy)

flew in from Prague for a great book-fair, and congratulated the old artist.


The Sherlock Holmes' and Dr. Watson's characters and the Victorian era can easily be an obsession

– both have such a depth, that they get more and more interesting the deeper one goes into the material. Luckily Nis Jessen has practised meditation since many years, and has been able to go deep into

– what he calls – his "subconsciousness'-jumble-sale".

To "be a part of the past" has always been important to him, his life and his work, and he claims that he always finds, what he is looking for.

Nis Jessen has a high opinion of good artists, and the connoisseurs will find the places,

where he pays tribute to them,

and the real Sherlockians and Holmesians will find very interesting details in the illustrations in


I love horses, and they gave a lot of inspiration for my western-paintings :


Ali Baba Amurath II :

(Genealogical table back to 1816)

My own private Shagya-Arab saddle horse in Denmark


"I grew to old for my intelligent and fantastic horse, and I used a lot of time for him with an America Indian 'natural horsemanship's training.

After that, I sold him to good Shagya-Arab people in Sweden, the wellknown horseman, Kjell Jormfeldt .

The first image shows him as he was still mine - and the next shows

him during a horse-show in Sweden, where he was qualified as number two in breeding.

The third image is my private oil painting of him."

(The Shagya is a breed that was founded in the Austrian-Hungarian empire at the end of the 18th Century, as the Empress, Maria-Theresia requested the breeding of horses to the military officers to be greatly improved. (The total number of registered Shagyas throughout the world is today around 2,000.) Through a number of declaration by the Empress, the Stud farms Babolna (1789) and Radautz (1792) among others, formed the basis of the breeding program. The goal was to produce hard, willing and enduring horses for the cavalry as well as stallions to improve the private breeding programs throughout the countries.

The founding mares were basically mares transferred from the Stud farm Mezöhegyes, partly local mares carrying a small touch of Arabian blood from their ancestors, imported during the time of the Arabian Invasion (till 1683, when the Osmannians were stopped at Vienna), and partly more recent imported mares originating from other European countries, such as Lippizanes, Spanish horses, Frederiksborgers, Hannoveranians, Oldenburgers and English Thoroughbreds. Later, the breeding stock was improved by the addition of imported, so-called desert bred (db) purebred Arabian mares.)