Posts Tagged ‘norway’

Artist of the moment………..Hama Woods



Hama Woods is a world renown stencil artist from Norway. She is famous for her mainly black and white imagery of animals and rodents that include just a touch of color. The artist is highly interested in nature.

In this clip we view an installation of one of Woods’ signature rat images:

Woods is based out of Oslo, Norway.

Price range information: Prints are available from $150 to $500.

Hama Woods reminds me of Belgian artist R.O.A. Both artists have a great respect for man and animals which shines through in their artwork. Another artist she brings to mind is René Magrite. Woods and Magrite both included Surrealism in their artwork.



Artist of the moment…………..Martin Whatson


Martin Whatson is a street artist based from Norway born in the year 1984. Whatson attended the Westerdal School of Communication located in Oslo, Norway.

His style takes traditional art motifs most viewers and admirers of art are familiar with painted in black and greys with little color. Then he adds his very colorful style of urban art to create his very unique works of art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a large mural done by Martin Whatson:

Below a link to the website of Martin Whatson:

The artist has been part of shows in Europe and the United States. His first solo exhibition was in 2011.

What a unique style of urban art Whatson has developed. His work is recognizable instantly.


Artist of the moment…….Eiler Adelsteen Normann

Adelsteen Normann was a Norwegian artist renown for his paintings of his native country. His fjords and picturesque landscapes with mountains are amazing and show a high level of skill. Adelsteen Normann was born in Bodo, Norway in the year 1848.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The artist participated in many shows at the annual Paris Salon.

Normann split his time between Berlin, Germany and Norway.

For his artistic education Normann attended the Kunstakademie located in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Normann passed away in 1918.

In this clip we view Normann’s landscapes of the fjords of Norway:

Street artists…..Dolk and Pobel

These first pictures are all by the artist Dolk.




In this clip view works by two world renown street , artists hailing from Norway, Dolk and another artist named Pobel. Both have done public commission works in railway stations located in Norway. A novel idea to use artists to improve public spaces!

Here is an original stencil on canvas by Pobel.
This clip features the art of Pobel.

For Pobel his originals range from $4,000 to $8,000.

As for Pobel, his real name and birthdate is not known. Best known for his humor works found mainly in Norway. Helped organize a street fair featuring many internationally renown street artists to help fundraise for a city hit bad by recession. Based out of Stavanger, Norway.

Dolk, Lundgren is the name for an up and coming street artist hailing from Norway. Dolk was born in Bergen, Norway in the year 1979. When works from this artist started appearing on the street people thought it was just the more humorous side of famous U.K. street legend Banksy. Here is a work by Banksy.

Since both have a similar manner of expression, for me this is great modern Pop Art, modern imagery with clever words, a great mixture. Dolk went to college for graphic design and mechanics. Dolk found inspiration from Banksy. He began in his hometown of Bergen in 2003. He has sprayed his art on the walls of Oslo, Barcerlona, Lisbon, Stockholm, and of course London. It was in London where people thought it was Banksy, the humorous side! A great work from this series is a portrait of Prince Charles and the Burger King!

In 2008 he collaborated with Pobel to introduce urban art to new audiences. The duo did stencil themes for 20 abandoned houses. In 2010 the government commissioned the duo to decorate a new railway station.

Dolks own website link:

If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out Shepard Fairey as well. Its great to see the “street artists” doing so well!


Artist of the moment…Anne- Karin Furunes…


The artist was born in Orlund,  Norway in the year 1961. Furunes studied at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway. In high school in Oslo and for two semesters in London, England the artist studied architecture. In the early 1980s the artist attended The School of Fine Arts and Crafts in Oslo.

She is known worldwide for her paintings which are based on old and sometimes  historic photographs. She enlarges the idea and actually makes holes in the canvas. The artist doesn’t always use canvas as a surface. On occasion the artist uses a perforated piece of plastic as her working surface.


In this clip from a show given in 2010 at the University of  Wyoming by Anne Karin Furunes. Here she talks about creating work in her specific style of making holes in the canvas.


In this clip you can see the artist at work for an installation that she finished in 2010 for an international competition.

Furunes has also garnered some public commissions. She can seemingly adapt her style to fit any size, one  installation work she made in is 200 inches by 200 inches. For the most part she paints with acrlylics on perforated canvases.


Low price range: $10,000

High price range:  $40,000


One of her medium sized canvases, having sides thirty inches or close to it, is filled with thousands of actual holes. In this manner the artist reminds me of the close up Polaroid photographs and then paintings of Chuck Close. My favorite works of Chuck Close are when the artist was developing his style Clsoe would use a grid to break down the shapes of the face  into smaller absract shapes and patterns. Close up its a wonderful mix of organic and geometric shapes, from a distance the image falls into place perfectly. The dots are similar in that close up its just a random pattern of holes and circles, but take a few steps back and the viewer is transported back to the birth of photography with the artist’s unique painting style.


Her first exhitibion was in 1985 and the subject was architecture.


On line and land based galleries:  Barry Friedman Gallery located in New York, New York.   Great photography selection as well as fine art such as paintings.


I enjoy this artist for her very unique style of creation. Having been to the toy store last weekend, this method of painting would be awesome in a puzzle setting. It would be great to see the artist’s work in person as you could get a better feeling for how the lighting changes when you move farther back or closer to the painting. Again another artist that relies on tone to give a viewer emotional portrait of a person.


Try a black and white portrait or figure painting this weekend. For an artist working in black and white and with the female figure check out Bernardo Torrens. I have blogged about him in the past. He works mainly in black and white with acrylics with stunning nudes. Other artists that have done great etchings would be Rembrandt and the current figure master Stephen Scott Young and of course Kathe Kollwitz. All of these artists made very emotional works with little color.