Posts Tagged ‘Kristin Vestgard’
Kristin Vestgard ‘Find You’ exhibition | 10 August 2018
“I work intuitively, I usually have an abstract idea or an emotion that lingers with me, or it might be something I have seen somewhere; a glimpse of something that draws me in. I like playing with my figures, their faces and their bodies, the way they place themselves in an atmosphere and what they quietly speak of. This takes me on a journey and often I am not sure where my figures come from until a few years later, or why they end up like this. I keep wiping off and adding paint, keep adding marks and building layers into the final piece, until the feeling is right.
I know I don’t want anything to feel stuck or pinned down. It must be a gentle balance of being both here and not here,
fleeting but with a nerve. I gather pieces here and there bringing it all together, trying to make some sense and poetry
without words, manifesting an existence.
Putting it all into words is difficult I think; I want the viewer to bring their own stories.”
Kristin Vestgard, 2018
Kristin’s 2018 solo exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary was another stunning collection of sensitive and heartfelt oil on canvas portraits.
Kristin Vestgard was born in Norway in 1976 and studied Painting and Drawing at Nordfjord Folk High School 1995 – 96, then at Oslo Painting and drawing School 1996 – 97 and finished her studies at Falmouth College of Arts, obtaining a first class honours degree 1997 – 2000. She subsequently lived in Falmouth for a further 10 years before returning to live and work in Norway.
Her paintings have become highly sought after and her 2018 exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary drew many people to the gallery and resulted in many sales and commissions for the artist.
you can see Kristin’s paintings in the exhibition
Our new video! | 21 March 2018
Over this winter, work began on filming activity at Cornwall Contemporary for a short film about the gallery and our artists. Funded by Creative Cultivator and filmed by Three S Films, filming focused on hanging Maggie Matthews’ paintings in the gallery, chatting to Alasdair Lindsay in his studio, watching Neil Pinkett painting outside on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall and Kristin Vestgard’s private view at the gallery.
we are all thrilled with the end result and you can see the film below –
Kristin Vestgard – December 2017 | 14 January 2018
Kristin Vestgard “Alone not Alone” a solo exhibition of paintings at Cornwall Contemporary
Throughout December at Cornwall Contemporary, we were delighted to host Kristin Vestgard’s second solo exhibition with us ‘Alone Not Alone’.
Born in Norway in 1976, Kristin Vestgard studied art at the Nordfjord Folk High School until 1996 and then at Oslo Painting and Drawing school. A Fine Art degree followed at Falmouth College of Art in 1997 and three years later her studies culminated in a sell-out degree show. She continued to live in Cornwall for a further ten years, with her paintings becoming increasingly sought after by collectors across the UK. A return to her native Norway has seen Kristin further develop the dreamlike and ethereal characters that live in her paintings and she has exhibited at various galleries in London, Cornwall, Norway and Denmark. Her exceptional studies are quintessentially Nordic and can be found in many private collections worldwide as well as being held in the Falmouth College of Art collection.
“I want my paintings to have a flux like moment. I keep painting until they have the right atmosphere, and it must be a gentle balance of being both here and not here – fleeting but with a nerve. To have a playfulness running in and out of the layers of oil paint, with a deep sincere essence holding it together. To me my paintings hold many secrets… and I like it that way. It gives them space to breathe and live their own lives; just like people… they have a sea of secrets too.” Kristin Vestgard
The exhibition was an enormous success with a huge amount of interest and many people coming back to see the paintings three, four times. You can see the exhibition here
Kristin Vestgard ‘The Red String’ exhibition | 9 November 2016
We were delighted recently to stage an exhibition of paintings by Norwegian artist Kristin Vestgard.
It was a truly wonderful collection of portrait and still life paintings by the Falmouth College of Art graduate. Her oil paintings convey fragility and beauty, strength and delicacy, tenderness and emotion and a serenity that feels meditative and ethereal.
“I want my figures to be in a flux like moment. I keep painting until they have the right atmosphere, and it must be a gentle balance of both being here and not here – fleeting but with a nerve. To have a playfulness running in and out of the layers of oil paint, with a deep sincere essence holding it together.”
Kristin lived in Falmouth, Cornwall for ten years after graduating from art college and made many friends and established herself in the Cornish art scene as a highly collectable artist. Kristin flew over especially for the private view from Norway and we were thrilled to have her at the gallery where people were overjoyed to see her work back in Cornwall again. Throughout the duration of the show, we had a very high number of visitors, including two fans of her work who made the 800 mile round trip from West Yorkshire to Penzance, especially to see the exhibition:
“A privilege to see Kristin’s work in the flesh again after more than 10 years. A moving experience, I love these paintings so much. This is what art is about.
Thank you Cornwall Contemporary for getting Kristin’s work over to the UK again. Totally worth our journey from West Yorkshire especially for this show. Blown away. Huge thanks from the bottom of my heart” Caroline and Julian
The show was an enormous success and we had many sales and press reviews –
“Their mix of fragility and strength, bound by that very same red string perhaps, lends her paintings a quality that defies description but is very special…”
You can see the paintings that featured in the exhibition here and we’re delighted to announce that there will be a second solo exhibition by Kristin at Cornwall Contemporary in 2017.
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