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Trude Viken

BIOGRAPHY


B. 1969, Lødingen, Norway

Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

Trude Viken is a ‘colorist’ without restrictions. Her paintings are saturated with swirls of fleshtones, ashy greys and witchy greens coupled with bright red, orange, yellow, and luminous pinks. The smell of oil paint lingers on and tones, both earthy and unnatural, elicit both eroticism and repulsion. Viken’s work requires an audience for its physicality, a terrain of oil paint. In this way, they are landscapes of weather as unpredictable as mood. A face becomes a hairy green mass with bubble gum pink base, white strokes like the edges of clouds or wings. Her portraits from everyday life develop into fantasies expressing our interior lives and our most palpable feelings, they seduce through their psychological penetration. With Viken’s hand, layers of oil paint become whirling eyes, nose, mouth, ecstatic grimaces or smirks, finished when she decides so. Rows of twisted, kneaded faces hung together like a ghoulish family album of passing moods and impulse. The final marks different from the original swaths. Shapes are dissolved as the layers of paint can be repainted many times; almost anything is allowed. Viken's first solo exhibition in New York was at Fortnight Institute, New York in 2018.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021. Midnight Theater, Fortnight Institute, New York, USA

2021 Night Eyes, Vestfossen Kunstlabratorium, Vestfossen (museum by Drammen)

Curated by Fortnight Institute, NYC

2021 Buer Gallery, Oslo

2019 Unmasked, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2018 Faces and Traces, Fortnight Institute, New York, USA

2016 Maskefall, Galleri Albin Upp, Oslo, invited by Palazzo Stabile, Italy

2015 Debutantveggen, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2022 Åpningsutstillingen, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (The Norwegian National Museum)

2020 Buer Gallery, Oslo

2020 Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Buskerud Kunstsenter

& Østfold Kunstsenter

2020 Ryszard Warsinski + Trude Viken, Bærum Kunsthall

2020 Lit Naits, Mexico (Oh, Brother), QB Gallery, Oslo

2019 Edvard Munch`s studio, Oslo, with Markus Brendmoe, Stein Koksvik

& Yngvar Larsen

2019 Velvet Ropes, Gallery Golsa, Oslo

2019 Oslo Open

2018 Bærum Kunsthall, grant exhibition

2018 Galleri Fineart, Oslo, Sommerutstillingen

2017 Østlandsutstillingen, 500 years of the Reformation, Oslo and Kiel, Germany

2016 Borders and Boundaries, Bærum Kunsthall

2016 Åpen dør, Kommunegården, Bærum BKIB