A Bigger Picture: The Art of à Ëœrnulf Opdahl

7 Dec 2009

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starts 6.30pm

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Kings Place Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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by Professor Michael Tucker


St Pancras Room, Level -2, Kings Place Tickets: £9.50 online / Kings Place Box Office 020 7520 1490 Born in 1944, the Norwegian à Ëœrnulf Opdahl is one of the most important painters working in Scandinavia today. Strongly influenced by the sublime sense of place so evident in the magnificent coastal landscape of his native West Norway, his powerfully scaled, lyrically charged work draws upon and develops stimulating currents from both his own Norwegian landscape tradition and the philosophical or spiritual concerns of much post-1945 abstract art. This illustrated lecture sets Opdahl's striking work within a variety of contexts, including those of recent Nordic art, music and poetry, in order to illuminate the larger dimensions of his art. Michael Tucker D Litt is Professor of Poetics at the University of Brighton and a regular reviewer for Jazz Journal. A contributor to monographs on Alan Davie, Ian McKeever and Andrzej Jackowski, he is a specialist in Nordic culture and has curated and published widely in this field, including articles and books on Icelandic art, the Norwegian painter Frans Widerberg and his compatriot, the saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek. He gave the lecture ‘From the Modern Life of the Soul: Revisioning the Legacy of Edvard Munch' at the Royal Academy in London, during the recent exhibition of self-portraits by Munch. To accompany the exhibition - à Ëœrnulf Opdahl: Mood Paintings of the North

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