The Lofoten Painters
Gallery Lofoten houses the biggest collection of North Norwegian paintings from around the turn of the last century, a period by many referred to as the Golden Age of North Norwegian painting.
On the ground floor of the gallery there is an ample collection of paintings by widely recognized artists such as Otto Sinding, Gunnar Berg, Even Ulving, Adelsteen Normann, Einar Berger, Ole Juul, Thorolf Holmboe and several others.
What makes Gallery Lofoten’s collection so important in a regional and national context, is the fact that it includes a number of the paintings that were responsible for opening the eyes of Norwegians all over the country to the magnificent Lofoten countryside. Because, as I have stressed above, we see things through the images that surround us.
In the 1700s, for instance, waterfalls were only of interest to those who could make use of them, in the running of a mill, for instance, or similar such things. But when artists began painting waterfalls in the late 1700s and early 1800s, things changed.
A painted waterfall cannot be used for anything other than to look at and admire. This led to people gradually considering waterfalls as phenomena with their own intrinsic value, without any thought of their potential usage. In short, waterfalls thus became an aesthetic phenomenon, and that is what has been the reasoning behind the various campaigns to save waterfalls that local and national authorities have wanted to develop for industrial purposes.
In this respect, art has far greater significance than one might imagine, and this also applies to paintings of Lofoten. The tourist industry which today is almost as lucrative for Lofoten as the fisheries, is primarily a result of the fact that the entire region has become aesthetically attractive due to the many paintings that have promoted its magnificent scenery – from Otto Sinding to Einar Berger. But there are also more recent examples, too, like the Swedish watercolour painter, Lars Lerin (1954 -) who, by way of his paintings of Lofoten, where he lived for no less than 12 years, has given us a completely different impression and a different understanding of this landscape. .
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Magne Furuholmen (1962) is active in several cultural arenas. He has a broad international experience through his work as a musician and visual artist. As a visual artist, Furuholmen works with various media and techniques. He has particularly excelled himself as a graphic artist, and in recent years as a sculptor. He has an artistic background as a painter, graphic artist, and ceramicist, having studied under the visual artist Kjell Nupen..
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