Erlend Grytbakk Wold’s paintings show the very moment where we don’t see clearly, seemingly fading in or out of view, and in so doing, describe the moment between seeing and understanding. His works consist of watercolor on unprimed linen, with red, yellow, and blue – the primary colors that became emblematic for modernism and the Neoplasticism’s ideology for harmony and order – spray painted in innumerable alternate layers on the canvas.

The method is additive and irreversible, and for each additional layer, the painted fields gets darker. The light in his paintings stems from the inherent brightness of the linen canvas. Subdued, and without insisting, the paintings offer room for a participatory gaze.

Erlend Grytbakk Wold (b. 1986) is a Norwegian artist based in Oslo, Norway. He holds a BFA from Oslo Academy of the Arts (2011), an MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden (2014). His latest solo exhibitions include Light Fall Day Break, Galleri Golsa (2019), Until the Light Takes Us, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2018), Till the Last Light Fades, Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst, Trondheim (2017), and Remain in Light, LNM, Oslo (2016). A selection of previous group exhibitions include The Norwegian Sculpture Triennial, Norwegian Sculptor Society (2021), DeLux, She Will Artspace (2021), Staycation, Barbé-Urbain Gallery, Gent, Belgia (2020), Plus 1, Galleri Golsa (2020), Reflections in Transition, Barbé-Urbain Gallery, Gent, Belgia (2019).

His work is in the collection of The Art Museum of Nord-Trøndelag, and the municipality of Stavanger.

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