When Frans Widerberg made his international debut at the Venice Biennale of 1978, the effect he caused was ‘the shock of the new’. At the time the dominant idiom was abstraction but Widerberg, the spiritual descendent of Edvard Munch, unleashed upon an unsuspecting world, images bathed in blazing light. In Widerberg’s world of meta-reality, natural laws did not apply: “I provide myself with a pictorial universe where up is down and down is up; where far away is close and close is even closer – or farther away”, he said. In these existential voids, Widerberg marshals his cast of avatars, alienated humans, floating figures, winged dogs, harpies and bears, all conjured into being in saturated reds, blues, and yellows.
Biography: Born in Oslo in 1934, Frans studied at the National College of Art and Design in Norway, Goldsmiths College in London. He has been one of the most prominent personalities in the Norwegian art world for the last forty years.
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