Magne Furuholmen exhibition

 Date:06/11/2004 - 20/11/2004
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art
 Location:Scotland, Edinburgh

Magne Furuholmen is already internationally known as writer and keyboard player with seminal group A-HA. However, he has also established himself both in Norway and abroad, both as ceramicist and printmaker, with works in private and public collections.

Magne is known worldwide as writer and keyboard player with seminal group A-ha. The Norwegian group launched onto the pop scene in the 1980’s, instantly making their mark on the music charts. Following their overwhelmingly successful pop career, with number one hits around the globe, A-Ha retired from the limelight in the nineties to pursue individual projects. Magne has since launched his own solo music career and has established himself internationally as an accomplished printmaker and ceramicist, with works in private and public collections throughout the world.

This is the first opportunity in Scotland to see Magne’s stunning portfolio of prints entitled Payne’s Gray (Drawing From Memory). The prints are accompanied by a 12" vinyl remix of his new album, Past Perfect, Future Tense, which was released in September of this year. Both elements of the exhibition share a common methodology, with the notion of cutting and pasting music to reconfigure a single new piece, running parallel to the practice Magne used in creating his prints.

Each print sees hand-written lyrics taken from the album and used as a visual tool, helping to construct the images’ composition. Magne worked directly onto the plate, often vigorously scratching on the words. His use of various strengths of incision mean certain words and phrases are visually emphasised, just as we would aurally experience variation in tone when listening to the accompanying music. Expressive mark making and amorphous shapes are also incorporated into Magne’s prints. These either dwarf or accentuate the text, hiding and revealing certain words to give the images visual depth.

Magne’s album and 12" remix features appearances from amongst others Ed Harcourt, Guy Berryman, Will Champion of Coldplay, and Andy Dunlop from Travis. Having spent time amassing this collection of songs, Magne has derived much satisfaction from dealing with them visually.

Payne’s Gray (Drawing From Memory) is an exhibition that visually communicates the beautiful and melancholic Scandinavian song craft, providing a treat for eyes and ears alike.

Opening event: There is a unique opportunity to hear Magne's 12" remix during the exhibition preview at Edinburgh Printmakers on Saturday 6 November, 2 - 4 pm.

Payne's Gray (Drawing From Memory)

In association with the Paul Stolper Gallery, London

06 November to 20 November 2004

Gallery 2 & Print Viewing Room

For more information, please contact Edinburgh Printmakers on telephone 0131 557 2479 or e-mail:


Send this article to a friend
Print version

From Payne's Gray (Drawing from Memory)Photo: Courtesy of Peter Stolper Gallery, London