Straight from Norway

 Coming in from Norway, I bring you Atle Ostrem.  He's an artist with some cool pieces.  His favorite part of being an artist you ask? "To be able to create something and communicate an idea, a thought or a feeling with an audience through paintings. Also the freedom. I can work when I want on what I want"  Sometimes it can be difficult to connect with your audience through your work but from the looks of it, it doesn't seem like Atle has that problem. 

Name: Atle Ostrem

Location: Oslo, Norway

If you were not doing art, what would you be doing? 

I’m not sure. It’s hard to imagine another way in life. I suppose something creative. Music maybe.

What was your first introduction to art?

I have been drawing and painting since I was a kid, but when I was a teenager, I started doing graffiti. I think this is when I first started doing art on a regular basis, and also when I started to work more serious on my artworks. Later on when started doing works on canvas, I brought a lot of the styles and techniques that I learned from graffiti into my studio pieces.

How does it feel to have been involved in exhibitions?

It’s nice. I work alone in my studio or at home most of the time, so it is a nice way to present your art to the public in an. It also expands your network as the gallery introduces your work to a new audience.

What's your definition of art?

A piece of work produced by someone that the majority of people in society acknowledges as an artist.

What would you describe as a good work of art?

Something that passes the test of time. Usually it is those pieces that are not just beautiful at first sight. There needs to be a little resistance in the piece, if not, you grow tired of it.

What major projects have you worked on and why did you take them on?

I did a commission for the University of Stavanger. I work a lot with text in my artwork, and they needed someone that used letters in their art in "Lesesenteret" where they research dyslexia, teach foreigners about the Norwegian language and such. I painted the stairways from floor 2-4, their office hallway and a library with artwork made only from letters.

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