Ørnulf Opdahl

By the 1970s Ørnulf Opdahl (born 1944 Alesund, Norway) had established his reputation as one of the leading painters of his generation and was exhibiting regularly in Oslo. Early figurative paintings gradually evolved towards a large-scale painting format in which colouristic highlights became more dominant. By the mid-1980s Opdahl had developed his own distinctly personal approach, which has evolved since returning to the west coast of Norway where he continues to live and work. Opdahl employs strong elements of colour and shape to build up compositions that highlight the scale of his environment. Dark masses of towering mountains, often draped in fog or snow, are offset by pin pricks of man made light shining in the black. The sheer cliff faces of the fjords, impenetrable but for a few solitary rays of sunlight merge with the darkening skies. The interplay between dark and light against such backdrops suggest a sense of both the ancient and the eternal.