Sverre Bjertnæs

Sverre Bjertnæs

1976 -

Sverre Bjertnæs, born 1976 in Trondheim, is considered one of Norway's most important and central contemporary artists. During the last ten years, he has also made a name for himself on the international art scene with works that are characterized by a poetic processing of existential themes based on an autobiographical content. He has apprenticed with some of Norway's best-known figurative artists. In the period 1989-93 he was a student of Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik and in the years 1993-94 of Odd Nerdrum, then he studied for four years at the Norwegian Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo under Arvid Pettersen and Jan Sæther. His first solo exhibition was in Bjarne Melgaard's gallery Norsk Anarkistisk Fraksjon (NAF) in the year 2000. Afterwards, Bjertnæs collaborated closely with Melgaard, they shared a studio in New York and held four exhibitions together during this period. It was definitely a turning point, from the figurative to the more fluid and spontaneous in several genres and techniques. From working with figurative painting based on photographic representations, Bjertnæs has since turned more towards complex installations and multimedia

Why is Sverre Bjertnæs Interesting?

In Bjertnæs' work, one finds a strong interest in exploring and clarifying the dialogue-based starting point of the creative process, whether it is about art historical material or the collaboration with other visual artists, directors, actors or writers. Through the use of literary and art historical references, a distinctive, polyphonic dramaturgy is created.

Solo exhibitions

2019 Ikke alt som har vært, skal være med videre Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum Norge
2018 Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjertnes Galleri Brandstrup Norge
2018 Bjarne Melgaard & Sverre Bjertnes Rod Bianco Gallery Norge
2017 Silent Conditions Beers London London
2016 Det kollektive mennesket/ Minner om oss Galleri Brandstrup Norge
2015 Nå. Ingenting. To Galleri Brandstrup Norge
2014 Michael Janssen Gallery Michael Janssen Gallery Berlin
2014 Nervous fluids Stenersenmuseet Norge
2014 Cold Reading James Fuentes New York
2014 Cold Reading Galleri K Norge
2013 Stenersenmuseet Stenersenmuseet Norge
2012 Climate Confusian Assistance” med Bjarne Melgaard Galleri K Norge
2011 white columns white columns New York
2011 Art Brussels Art Brussels Brussels
2010 Happiness of Henry Darger Galleri K Norge
2010 Obsolete Gråmølna Trondheim
2010 Obsolete VOLTA NY 2010 New York
2010 Sentiments Galleri K Norge
2010 Malerier Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum Norge
2007 Implosion Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum Norge
2006 Implosion Galleri K Norge
2006 Peripeteia Møre og Romsdal Kunstforening Norge
2005 Peripeteia Trondheim kunstmuseum Norge
2005 Inkognito Blomqvist Kunsthandel Norge
2004 Inkognito Trondheim kunstmuseum Norge
2000 Norsk Anarkistisk Fraksjon Norsk Anarkistisk Fraksjon Norge

Group exhibitions

2016 SKILLINGSVISER QB Gallery Norge
2016 Elisabeth Werp og Sverre Koren Bjertnæs Galleri Nicolines Hus Norge
2015 Avtrykk med Håkon Bleken QB Gallery Norge
2014 THE ART – Freedom and bounderies Galleri Festiviteten og Stallgården norge
2013 Gamle Ormelet Gamle Ormelet Norge
2012 ”Laying the ghost” med Bjarne Melgaard Rod Bianco Gallery Norge
2012 Fresh Paint Stenersenmuseet Norge
2011 After Shelley Duval '72 (Frogs on the High Line) Maccarone New York
2011 62 SKRIK Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium Norge
2010 Sverre Bjertnes and Bjarne Melgaard Gallery Rod Bianco Copenhagen
2009 Nachspiel / Vorspiel Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium Norge
2007 Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum Norge
2006 Galleri K Galleri K Norge
2006 Artforum Berlin Galleri K Norge
2006 Tradisjon og fornyelse Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum Norge
2004 Masterclass Exhibition Masterclass Exhibition Netherland
2003 Nanjing Art Senter Nanjing Art Senter China
2002 UKS, with Anders Eiebakke Unge Kunstneres Samfund Oslo
2001 Norske Bilder Galleri Se Bergen
2000 Nekrologer with Unni Askeland and Morten Viskum Drammen Kunstmuseum Norge
2000 Schpaa Den Frie Forening Danmark
2000 Schpaa Bergen Kunsthall Bergen
2000 Galleri No 5 bergen kunstforening Norge
1999 Avgansutstillingen Stenersenmuseet Norge
1998 Galleri Ericson Stockholm Art Fair Stockholm
1997 Galleri Low Galleri Low Atlanta
1996 Statens Høstutstilling Statens Høstutstilling Norge
1995 2x2x2 Høvikodden Kunstsenter Norge
1994 Sødertälje Kunsthall Sødertälje Kunsthall Sweden
1993 I de dødes tradisjon Blomqvist Kunsthandel Norge
1990 Desemberutstillingen Trondheim kunstmuseum Norge

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