Morten Albek

Morten Albek is a international recognized bonsai professional. 

Teaching all over the world at numerous events, including demos and workshops. 

Expertise in small and medium sized bonsai. Known as Shohin, Kifu and Chuhin categories. 

The Shohin Bonsai Europe bonsai garden is situated in Denmark, Northern Europe. The website was established October 15th 2003, and has been a leading source of Shohin bonsai information since the start.

Owner and bonsai artist

SERVICES

International recognized  demonstrator and workshop teacher at numerous events around the world.

Ask for availability for your club event. Please use the contact form for inquiry. 

VIDEO STUDIO

THE BONSAI VIDEO STUDIO  is the online teaching platform at the website. Here you can learn about Shohin bonsai, and bonsai, through educational and inspiring HQ video content.

All filmed at the beautiful garden. New content is added ongoing, bringing up your skills and knowledge about bonsai. 

Videos are covering all aspects of bonsai growing. From technical to aesthetical subjects. Follow the seasons and daily care of bonsai, by viewing the seasonal reports ongoing from the bonsai garden. 

THE ARTIST

Morten Albek 

Morten Albek is widely recognized as a teacher doing workshops and demonstrations all over the world.

He has written the book “Shohin-Bonsai – Majesty in miniature (2008) which was the first book in English fully committed to Shohin Bonsai.

Numerous articles have been published internationally in Magazines and books.

THE BONSAI GARDEN

The Shohin Bonsai Europe Garden is settled in quiet surroundings at the countryside at the island Funen, in the heart of Denmark.

The garden is surrounded by trees, with open spaces letting light in. The large trees adds a special feeling to the garden with the selection of the small Shohin. Aesthetically arranged at benches for best nursery practice and viewing experience.

Bonsai artist statement

Bonsai has been part of my life since I was a young man and the first time I watched a bonsai.

It was first later I started growing my own bonsai, because the first years were concentrated on education and moving from one workplace to another. But in my midd twenties I tried my first trees. I failed and I restarted new. This is unavoidably a part of the experience on the road to succeed with any kind of art. Learning by mistakes, adding new levels year by year.

Today I am less and less occupied of displaying in public, and even less concentrated on competition. My focus grows primarily on displaying my bonsai in my garden, and developing them year by year. This is where I find the peace and pleasure in bonsai on a daily basis.

More important than ever, it has been part of my bonsai practice teaching other people how to grow their own bonsai. Specialising on shohin-bonsai and their aesthetics and displaying. It is a great pleasure to over bring my knowledge to others, and a great joy to be in contact with so many friendly and dedicated bonsai lovers around the world.

I am writing regulary for international bonsai magazines, blogs and of producing bonsai video for my website. In 2008 I published the very popular bonsai book “Majesty in Miniature”. The first book in English on the subject Shohin-Bonsai.

The Japanese have a value called “wabi-sabi”. This is – translated in to western understanding – importance of age and imperfectness. Like the appreciation of an old furniture that have its small flaws that makes it stand out beautiful. It is like the silence of being in a forest just after the rain. If this feeling is present in my work, it is a success for me.

My aim with bonsai, small or larger, is to develop a sense of natural beauty. I want my trees to look untouched by hand, with a natural feeling. Bonsai are controlled, but when you look at them you should not be aware of the human hand although it is present. Then bonsai becomes art.

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