RANDI STRAND (1959)

Randi Strand was born and raised in a small town in Valdres with only a few hundreds of souls. Being raised in such a small place made her longing for the world outside of the valley, and at the age of seventeen she moved to Oslo. There she was educated as a graphic designer and after a while she started the design agency Blanke Ark, which she managed for 23 years. It was sold  in 2012, and now she has an atelier at Vøyenenga in Bærum, and is working as a full-time artist. 
Technically she works with photography as a background for the paintings. Afterwards, the motives are processed digitally, then painted with acrylic on canvas.
Strand has done a number of exhibitions, she is represented by several professional galleries and has a large audience. Strand works with photography, digital artwork, collage, acrylic paint, oil crayon, mixed media and lithography. She experiments with different techniques, which together becomes her personal expression.
 
STATEMENT
My work focuses on the psychological states attained by being lost in the aesthetics of poetry, music and other creative mediums. The lyrical nature of the work lends itself to aspects of illustration and design mingled with the scale, techniques and studio practices of fine art making.  I capture dream like impressions and introspective moments from life that, when interpreted in my painting, make for a slightly abstracted representation of the world around me. The compositions employ traditional elements of painting concerned with composition, light and dark, color and form yet depart from representational painting with elements of text and unusual color shifts. A collage of images emerges in the work, placing the viewer in a very personal vantage point of my subject matter. Ethereal states frozen in each piece capture states of mind that are beautifully unresolved.
 

Next exhibition March 25 - April  19, 2017

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