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Sverre Bjertnes

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'The Drowning' (2017), oil on canvas, 180x120cm *collaboration with Christer Glein
'Profil' (2017), Oil on canvas, 140x100cm
'Sculpture by the Sea II' (2017), oil on canvas, 180x90cm
'Silent Conditions' (2017), oil on canvas, 200x160cm
'Sculpture by the Sea I' (2017), oil on canvas, 200x130cm
'Her' (2017), oil on canvas, 50x40cm
'Baptism' (2017), oil on canvas, 160x120cm
'Nightbirds' (2016), oil on canvas, 120x80cm
Sverre Bjertnaes has, in recent years, been a rising star in Norway’s contemporary art scene, paving a strong artistic identity. He made his mark as a young figurative painter and drawer after attending the Norweigan ‘Nerderum School’ as a teenager. Bjertnaes’ paintings are often portraits, where a playful tone meets the images’ complex relationships. His is an exciting artistic style that stays true to classic figuration whilst experimenting with conceptualism.

His first solo exhibition was at the Norweigan gallery ‘Anarchist Fraction’, ran by Bjarne Melgaard, in 2000. The two artists have since developed a close affiliation, both personally and creatively. Their relationship led to Bjertnaes’ first international solo exhibition, which was held at ‘White Columns Gallery’ New York, in 2012. The exhibition was curated by Melgaard, and was called ‘A Projective Identification’. The gallery walls were covered in bold colours and patters, with portraits of a variety of subjects – from Jesus Christ to the artist’s wife. Rooms were filled to the edge with paintings, drawings, films, and sculptures made of wood and bronze. The exhibition was named one of the 10 best exhibitions of 2012 by the New York Times. The two artists also shared a booth at the Armory Show the same year, which was named one of the best booths of the show, also by The New York Times. In January 2014, Bjertnaes had a much-celebrated solo exhibition at the Oslo based museum ‘Stenersen Museet’. He has been represented by Galleri Brandstrup since 2014 and BEERS since 2016.

SVERRE BJERTNAES (b. 1976, Trondheim, Norway) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He was educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo before further developing his studies at AKI Academy of Fine Art in Enschede, Holland. Notable exhibitions include: ‘Det kollektive mennesket/ Minner om oss’Galleri Bradstrup, (2017); ‘Cold Reading’James Fuentes, New York, (2014) and; ‘If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you're ashamed of me’White Columns, New York, (2013). Bjertnes has also successfully exhibited in a number of International Art Fairs including, The Armory Show (2013) alongside Bjarne Melgaard and exhibited once again at The Armory Show (2017) as a solo presentation. Bjertnes first solo show with BEERS London was ‘Silent Conditions’, London (2017). His group showings with BEERS London include ‘The Fantasy of Representation’, London (2015); and ’35 Works on Paper’, London (2016). 

 


 



 



 



 


Sverre Bjertnaes has, in recent years, been a rising star in Norway’s contemporary art scene, paving a strong artistic identity. He made his mark as a young figurative painter and drawer after attending the Norweigan ‘Nerderum School’ as a teenager. Bjertnaes’ paintings are often portraits, where a playful tone meets the images’ complex relationships. His is an exciting artistic style that stays true to classic figuration whilst experimenting with conceptualism.

His first solo exhibition was at the Norweigan gallery ‘Anarchist Fraction’, ran by Bjarne Melgaard, in 2000. The two artists have since developed a close affiliation, both personally and creatively. Their relationship led to Bjertnaes’ first international solo exhibition, which was held at ‘White Columns Gallery’ New York, in 2012. The exhibition was curated by Melgaard, and was called ‘A Projective Identification’. The gallery walls were covered in bold colours and patters, with portraits of a variety of subjects – from Jesus Christ to the artist’s wife. Rooms were filled to the edge with paintings, drawings, films, and sculptures made of wood and bronze. The exhibition was named one of the 10 best exhibitions of 2012 by the New York Times. The two artists also shared a booth at the Armory Show the same year, which was named one of the best booths of the show, also by The New York Times. In January 2014, Bjertnaes had a much-celebrated solo exhibition at the Oslo based museum ‘Stenersen Museet’. He has been represented by Galleri Brandstrup since 2014 and BEERS since 2016.

SVERRE BJERTNAES (b. 1976, Trondheim, Norway) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He was educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo before further developing his studies at AKI Academy of Fine Art in Enschede, Holland. Notable exhibitions include: ‘Det kollektive mennesket/ Minner om oss’Galleri Bradstrup, (2017); ‘Cold Reading’James Fuentes, New York, (2014) and; ‘If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you're ashamed of me’White Columns, New York, (2013). Bjertnes has also successfully exhibited in a number of International Art Fairs including, The Armory Show (2013) alongside Bjarne Melgaard and exhibited once again at The Armory Show (2017) as a solo presentation. Bjertnes first solo show with BEERS London was ‘Silent Conditions’, London (2017). His group showings with BEERS London include ‘The Fantasy of Representation’, London (2015); and ’35 Works on Paper’, London (2016).