Jan Aunvik

1948 · Norway

Artist biography

Jan Aunvik is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Norway. Jan Aunvik was born in 1948. Born in the same country and around the same year are Bjørn Ransve, Jan Groth and Marianne Heske.

Jan Aunvik in private collections

It is the collector JippiKaia, who is in possession of work by Jan Aunvik at Artland. JippiKaia also has works by other artists including Liam Fallon, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Farhad Farzali.

Further Biographical Context for Jan Aunvik

Born in 1948, Jan Aunvik was largely inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, bearing witness to great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place around the world. Psychedelia, an vast increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive notions of Abstract Expressionism, but reduced much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that associated this practice with Minimalism. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Jan Aunvik

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