OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN

 

 

Olav Christopher Jenssen

(b. 1954 Sortland, Norway) is one of the foremost artists of his generation from the Nordic countries and has gained international recognition for his distinctive and multi-facetted paintings, as well as for his idiosyncratic sculptures. His production encompass drawing, watercolour painting, graphic works, book illustration and books. Simultaneously working with multiple series and mediums, Jenssen alternates between the different works mentally and physically; from informal and rapidly painted pictures to more strict and formal paintings, in monumental as well as intimate formats. Always exploring and adopting new methods and techniques, his works contain both continuity and diversity. Between these works, a rich visual vocabulary has emerged; The paintings open up a philosophical space for dialogue and reflection, encouraging the viewer to unveil strata of paint and decipher cryptic symbols, as on a journey through the history of abstract painting.

Jenssen lives and works in Berlin and in Lya, Sweden, and has since 2007 held a professorship at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig in Germany. He is represented in important public collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Centre Pompidou, Paris and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. He has had major exhibitions at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. Recent exhibitions include «Journal - works on paper 1979-2012» Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway, «Recent works» Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, Germany, «Estragon» Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany. In 2019 he will complete two large outdoor sculptures for Elvebredden Kunstpark in Lillestrøm, Norway.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Oslo, Norway
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway
Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, Norway
Karin & Jules Schyls Donation, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Malmö Museum, Sweden
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden
Esbjerg Museum of Art, Denmark
Horsens Art Museum, Denmark
The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation, Ars Fennica, Tavastehus Kunstmuseum, Finland
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Berliner Bank Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Staatliche Museen Kassel – Neue Galerie, Germany
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France
Fonds National d´Art Contemporain, Puteaux, France
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
City Bank Art Collection, New York, USA
British Museum, London, England
Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, France
Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
FRAC Auvergne, France

OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN<br/>LACKMUS, CONRADS 2006
OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN
LACKMUS
CONRADS, 2006
OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN<br/>LACKMUS, CONRADS 2006
OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN
LACKMUS
CONRADS, 2006
OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN<br/>LACKMUS, CONRADS 2006
OLAV CHRISTOPHER JENSSEN
LACKMUS
CONRADS, 2006