Norwegian artist Audun Alvestad has developed a playful, vibrant style for his art that makes it both relatable in subject and remarkable in range.
From debauched scenes of a guy’s night out to views of landscapes reminiscent of a Rousseau painting, Alvestad reveals in his work an incredible array of themes and messages. Shared throughout, though, is his cartoonish figural style and bright, cheery palette, that helps to lighten his sometimes serious subjects and serve as a counterpoint to his often-surrealist references.
Born in Aalesund, Norway, in 1980, Alvestad earned his degree from Det kongelige Danske Kunstakademi in Copenhagen in 2015 and subsequently completed his MFA at the Kunsthogskolen in Bergen in 2016. Since then, Alvestad has enjoyed numerous opportunities to exhibit his work. Recent exhibitions include “Statens utstillingsstipend” for the Arts Council Norway (2016); “The Summer Island Show” at Gallery Kant in Denmark (2017); and “It’s my Party and I'll Cry If I Want to” at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London (2019).