Henrik Olai Kaarstein

1989 · Norway

Artist biography

Henrik Olai Kaarstein is seen as an emerging contemporary artist, who originates from Norway, like other prominent artists such as Per Didrik Werner, Anna Radko Pedersen, Marcus Mars, Simen Johan, and Øyvind Rustad Johansen. Henrik Olai Kaarstein was born in 1989.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Henrik Olai Kaarstein is represented and exhibited by two galleries. These are Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen, Denmark and T293 in Rome, Italy. Henrik Olai Kaarstein's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Mad About It at Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibition was open from 15 August 2019 until 20 September 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Henrik Olai Kaarstein

Born in 1989, Henrik Olai Kaarstein's creative work was largely inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form an influential collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Henrik Olai Kaarstein