Ørnulf Opdahl

1944 · Norway

Artist biography

Ørnulf Opdahl is an established artist, who was born in Norway. Ørnulf Opdahl was born in 1944. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Bjørn Ransve, Jan Groth and Marianne Heske.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ørnulf Opdahl's work is on display at Galleri Haaken in Oslo, Norway. Ørnulf Opdahl most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleri Haaken in Oslo with the exhibition Solo Exhibition. The exhibition was open from 27 November 2019 until 03 January 2020. Ørnulf Opdahl's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Norske Grafikere in Oslo (06 November 2019 - 06 December 2019) with the name Monotypier and Galleri Haaken in Oslo (01 March 2018 - 22 April 2018) with the name NEW PAINTINGS.

Further Biographical Context for Ørnulf Opdahl

Born in 1944, Ørnulf Opdahl was predominantly inspired by the 1960s. In the art sphere, a multitude of significant changes were also taking place. Pop Art, embodying the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the bases on which the production and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists refuted the authority of highbrow art and created a cutting-edge movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aiming for pure visual responses. Simplicity and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. Digging further into some of the ideas inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – strongly relating to Minimalism, with an essentially ruled-based approach, devoid of any emotional features. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements echoed with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Ørnulf Opdahl

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