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Frans Widerberg’s “pictorial universe” on display

 Date:11/09/2009 - 23/10/2009
 Type:Culture, Painting
 Location:England, Newcastle

The acclaimed Norwegian painter Frans Widerberg will exhibit colourful paintings and prints at the Northumbria University Gallery in September and October.

Frans Widerberg, born 1934 in Oslo, has been described as a seer, a healer and a storyteller. His works are often described as new figurative, with strong emphasis on the primary colours, red, yellow and blue. The horse and rider is a recurrent motif in Widerberg’s art, which may remind the spectator of the Old Norse legends. Widerberg’s figures find themselves in an existential wilderness illuminated by light.

Widerberg maintains that his “pictures are based on experiences, wishes and dreams. They are reality, just as wishes and dreams are. I provide myself with a pictorial universe where anything is possible.” That reality includes both timelessness and weightlessness: figures hover, levitate or swoop and dive. Widerberg’s experimentation has made him one of Norway’s leading expressionist painters and graphic artists.

Frans Widerberg
Prints & Paintings
11 September - 23 October

University Gallery and Baring Wing
Northumbria University
Sandyford Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
Tel: 0191 227 4424



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Frans Widerberg, born 1934 in Oslo, has been described as a seer, a healer and a storyteller.Photo: © Frans Widerberg

Widerberg maintains that his “pictures are based on experiences, wishes and dreams.Photo: © Frans Widerberg

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