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Lars Nørgård

Lars Nørgård (b.1956), a painter, printmaker and sculptor, was educated at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Design) and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, USA.

Lars Nørgård is represented by numerous Danish art museums, and has exhibited in various galleries and museums in Denmark and abroad throughout his career. Lars Nørgård has also completed a number of significant public art commissions, such as ‘Art Lounge East’, for Copenhagen Opera House, as well as work made specifically for Aarhus University Hospital and for DTU, Technical University of Denmark. In 2016, in collaboration with Erik A. Frandsen, Lars Nørgård will be working on a commission for a new decor at Cambridge University.

Lars Nørgård’s artistic career is an expression of the clear traits of exploration and experimentation. Equally characteristic, is Lars Nørgård’s alternation between figurative and abstract work, especially in his paintings, while he, in his drawings, almost always has maintained a distinctly figurative and often very humorous approach. The drawings are imaginative and whimsical, with various motifs brought together, attached, split, rotated and distorted, reverted and folded, transformed and changed, into surreal chain reactions, demonstrating the abilities of the artist to convincingly expand our vision of the world and all that it may contain.
In Lars Nørgård’s most recent paintings, he again has moved into the vernacular of the abstract. Covering the initial precision of his line work, drawn directly onto the canvas, Lars Nørgård applies Chinese ink. The ink is not easily controlled, and has clearly been exacted at a certain speed. On top of the ink layer comes the final layer of oil or acrylic paint, creating a nuanced and lively exchange between the different layers of the piece. The impression is light, playful and elegant, representing a significant step in the continuing development of the distinctive style of Lars Nørgård’s work.