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Arnvid Aakre

Norwegian (b. 1953) - lives in Bergen, Norway http://arnvidaakre.com

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IN THE BEGINNING, EVERYTHING WAS COLOURLESS, so my first two one-man shows presented paintings in black and white.
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Colours were just decorations for me, then.
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After a decent period, living as a visual monk in colour-celibacy, I found new ways of working with colours.
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Artworks made today is a combination of noisy direct lines and the silent underlying language of colours.
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Many one-man shows, group exhibitions and larger projects, including a full-scale 'gesamtkunstwerk'. Last did receive Patronage from UNESCO HQ in Paris, 1989.
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My art unfolded in an international back-to-painting wave of 'heftiges malerei', the neo-expressionism that spread from Berlin during the early eighties, and as important as punk still is to the music scene.
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Then (1990), I just left the standard art industry with all its curators and blind money focus. My last artwork before I left all this had a price tag of 130,000 £, but I didn't care, I was ...
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FREE, left Europe, to Egypt and lived here for nearly fourteen years.
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During the first seven years, I studied the paintings from the master painters of ancient Egypt, especially from their free artwork in their own tombs at their artist's village (Deir el Medinah) in Luxor.
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During the last seven years, we lived in Cairo, where both our daughters were born. Here in a city with around twenty million inhabitants, the contemporary Egypt was closer, including good friends and colleagues among Egyptian contemporary artists.
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The fact is, that if you compared, the western art industry was just boring, totally boring.
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Today we live as a family in the west coast city of Bergen in Norway. I still refuse standard galleries, standard curators and other who in any way limits the freedom of the artists.
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But as you too found me here, then I guess this should be as good a meeting place as anything?
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My paintings have gone from large canvases, acrylic, pigments and brushes - to digital tools.
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I don't create 'digital art', I paint or draw with digital tools.
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Yes, of course, it's a different way to paint digital compared to acrylic and canvas. Still, the difference between acrylic and oil is for me a far larger one than it was between acrylic and digital painting.
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Digital painting or drawing is no art form, but it's a tool giving new options.
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Did anyone put 35mm film in a camera lately?
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PS - A French artist wrote to me some time ago:
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"Your universe is peculiar and puzzling."
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- I sign that!

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