Sunday, September 26, 2010


Morten is one of my favourite artists. I saw his work for the first time on RedBubble where he has a beautiful gallery. It has been difficult to decide which of his paintings I like most, as all are surprising and warm, exhibiting a huge sensitivity and understanding of the surrounding world. Only because winter is not very far I've chosen to display above his "Winter ballad" - source here.
Morten lives in Norway and he has been working as a teacher since he graduated the Nord - Trondelag University College. He grew as a painter in the company of other talented artists: Arne Isacsson, Lars Holm, Peder Mauseth and Morten Paulsen.
He has participated in almost 80 exhibitions during the last 10 years where he won lots of prizes. His art speaks wonderfully for itself making us to experiment emotions and ask ourselves questions about the meaning of every little thing we use to acknowledge in our way through life, and reading his statement we end up discovering the world step by step through his eyes, to see everything like he does: in a interference of meanings and colours, of weakness and power, of sublime and terrestrial which in fact expresses the continual fight between dark and light, between death and life.
Morten Gjul is telling us: "I try to portray the tension between the solid and the fragile in rural areas. I strive to convey the gravity and humor in small places. When there are no houses or other traces of human presence in the paintings, it is often the meeting between the sky and the sea that dominates. To paint with watercolor is complicated. Sometimes the technique and unforeseen events on the paper will stand and speak for itself, in a more abstract expression. Bringing experiences from real life into my art is important to me. Not a realistic reproduction of events and persons on the paper, more using the dark and light to express hope when it seems to become all dark. It is not about the weather on Iceland?" - source here.

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