Norway based artist Lars Elling was educated at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Elling’s works have been purchased by the Norwegian National Gallery, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, the EU Commission, and Arts Council Norway, and appear in many private collections in Norway and abroad.
Elling’s paintings are layered narratives told in a fragmented visual language. He incorporates references to film and photography into his works, letting them impact on the abstract grammar of the paintings. In this way the fleeting photographic image is interpreted through the inert state of the painted image. A subtle interplay of figurative and abstract elements arises in the alternately clearly focussed and indistinct areas of the picture. Nostalgia is often present too, intimated in references to private photo albums, opening for us an enigmatic corridor into a dreamscape of memories.
Oslo, Norway based Fredrik Raddum works with sculpture, installation, photo and performance related journeys. He has exhibited at various spaces since 2001. Raddum popularizes serious themes and embodies them in tragicomic animal and human figures resembling cartoon characters. Clichés and icons are twisted and turned in to new settings. Without obvious display of critical attitude, Raddum’s sculptures drop subtle hints encouraging the viewer to think beyond the initial encounter.
Oslo, Norway based Tine Isachsen is an artist that works with line drawing, watercolor, photography and video-art. She studied at Central Saint Martins – London and The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo.
Isachsen’s work has always been focused on faces and the human body with an emphasis on expression and emotion. Her work has a distinctive and expressive style, seducing the viewer into a dreamlike world where unsettling beauty emerges.
Norway-based graphic designer Oscar Grønner’s illustrations introduce us to a strange cast of characters. Rendered in a naive style at odds with the more polished aesthetic of his design work, Oscar draws weighty figures in white worlds. Some pose sphinx-like in the desert whilst others gaze out to sea. The almost monolithic quality of Oscar’s childlike illustrations almost recalls the tubular style of Fernand Léger’s semi-abstract paintings.
For the 2015 edition of the Nuart Street Art Festival in Norway, French artist duo Ella & Pitr have completed the largest rooftop painting in the world. This is located in the Block Berge Bygg construction company located in the municipality of Klepp in Rogaland county.
The piece is titled “Lilith and Olaf” and depicts a curled up girl with painted toenails dropping a small king from her hand. The work is a tongue-in-cheek depiction of King Olaf I of Norway whose birthplace is cited as an islet in Frøylandsvatnet — a lake just meters distance from the paintings’s location.
Passing planes overhead can spot the monumental painted work from the sky, offering onlookers an unconventional look at the landscape through the quirky and creative intervention. Ella & Pitr are known for their ambitiously large paintings in a similar illustrative style.
In addition to the outdoor public works, Nuart stages one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year at Tou Scene’s Ølhallene. The exhibition runs until October 12th. Photographer Henrik Haven sends us the latest photos:
In 2007, after almost a decade of graffiti writing under various names and guises, Norwegian artist DOT DOT DOT (NO) took to stencil art with a passion. Since then he has become well known for his distinctive stenciled style recognized around the world. As someone schooled on the streets in Oslo’s Graffiti community, Dot Dot Dot drew inspiration from the worlds of contemporary art and politics and took full advantage of the social contexts as material for his work.
The show, While you slept , presents a body of work that combines both well known key works from his career with a series of original works created for the occasion. Dot Dot Dot’s clever angle on the contemporary art world and its politics is brought together finally in one place for a debut solo exhibition at Reed Projects and open to the public until June 28th.
Dot Dot Dot
While You Slept…
Skur 2 Skansenkaien, Stavanger, Norway.
Until June 28th www.reedprojects.no