Date: 26 February 2010 10:00 - 09 April 2010 16:00

Opdahl with another Newcastle show

Photo: P O DybvikDetail of Ørnulf Opdahl's 'Village by the sea' (left) and Easter Morning © Ørnulf Opdahl . Photo: P O Dybvik

Norwegian landscape painter Ørnulf Opdahl is returning to the University Gallery in Newcastle to showcase his recent works.

Ørnulf Opdahl’s exhibition "Mood Paintings of the North" clearly shows the relationship between the painter and his native landscape in Western Norway. The deep contrasts and the special light of the Norwegian landscape are central elements in Opdahl’s paintings.

Ørnulf Opdahl lives and works on the island of Godøy on the west coast near Ålesund where he was born in 1944, and which he returned to after years of living in Oslo. He studied at the Norwegian Art Academy from 1962-65 and held his first major one-man exhibition at the Oslo Art Association in 1966. By the 1970s he had established his reputation as one of the leading painters of his generation and was exhibiting at major galleries in Norway.

His early figurative paintings in the 1960s and early 1970s gradually evolved towards a large-scale painting format in which colouristic highlights became more dominant. Like many of his contemporaries at that time, Opdahl was interested in late 1800s symbolism. By the mid-1980s, Opdahl had developed his own distinctly personal approach to painting, which he has evolved since returning to the west coast of Norway.

Ørnulf Opdahl - Mood Paintings of the North
26 February – 9 April 2010
University Gallery
Northumbria University
Sandyford Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
T: (0191) 227 4424

Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm
Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm

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