Acclaimed Norwegian painter Ørnulf Opdahl is exhibiting his latest works 'Between darkness and light' at the Purdy Hicks Gallery in London.
Ørnulf Opdahl’s distinctive paintings of the Norwegian wilderness have become synonymous with our vision of that remote beautiful landscape. Purdy Hicks presents Opdahl’s second solo show of oil paintings in London. The exhibition will include about thirty works, mostly made during the recent months around the island of Godøya in the Western part of Norway where Opdahl lives and works. However, there are also images of other places that Opdahl has visited recently, such as the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle, the setting off point for Amundsen’s great polar trek in 1926 and the most northern point in the Europe.
These new works can be characterised as ‘mood paintings’ in that they take the landscape as a starting point, but then refine and sublimate it into a less tangible image. They move between observation and abstraction, rewriting the Norwegian landscape but never losing sight of it completely. His subjects include towering mountains encapsulated in fog and deep sunlit fjords as well as images where tiny specs of lights shine through the darkness, symbolic of mankind’s presence within these powerful landscapes.
Opdahl was honoured with two major retrospective exhibitions in Norway during 2003 and 2004. His work is to be found in all of the major museum collections.
The exhibition will be opened by the Norwegian Ambassador HE Mr Bjarne Lindstrøm Thursday 17th November
Exhibition runs from 18th November – 12th December 2005
For information on the exhibition and images, please contact Purdy Hicks Gallery on 020 7401 9229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purdy Hicks Gallery
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