Ornulf Opdahl at Jesmond Dene House
Friday 13th May – Saturday 4th June 2016
Celebrate the launch of the book Towards the Light: The Paintings of Ornulf Opdahl and an exhibition of the artist’s lithographs at Jesmond Dene House.
Ørnulf Opdahl’s landscapes of the Norwegian west coast, around his home on the island of Gødøy, pull no punches. Instead of pretty fjords and sun-dappled forests, they reflect the power, menace, rawness – as well as the richness – of the land and sea.
He captures the treacherousness as well as the beauty of glaciers and snow; the heavy darkness as well as the evanescent light of Norwegian winters.
Ørnulf Opdahl was born in Ålesund, on the west coast of Norway, in 1944. He studied at Statens Art Academy in Oslo where he was later Professor of painting from 1985 to 1992. He lives and works on the island of Gødøy, near Ålesund, with his wife the celebrated tapestry artist Sidsel Colbiørnsen.