my favorite house painter

I just read this great text over at Gwarlingo. Michelle starts by quoting Samuel Mockbee, saying:

“Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul.” 

In my opinion, no one portray houses quite like Hanne Borchgrevink. And after pondering about the quote above, it suddenly struck me that it seems to be the soul of the house which gets portrayed in Borchgrevink’s paintings. As if houses were living beings.

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Hustavle, 1989 © HANNE BORCHGREVINK

 “The mystery that holds my attention is that some houses have life—are home, are dwellings—and others don’t.”

– Howard Mansfield

 

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Huset og katten, 2007 © Hanne Borchgrevink

Hanne Borchgrevink’s paintings are formalistic and expressive, and shows an exquisite use of colors. Her motif is houses, almost always houses, set in barren landscapes. Taciturn constructions – open for symbolic interpretations. Borchgrevink’s paintings radiate something I, in loss of better words, feel tempted to call a kind of calm energy, or force.

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u.t. © HANNE BORCHGREVINK

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The artist Hanne Borchgrevink

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Hanne Borchgrevink (b. 1951) is one of Norway’s leading visual artists. Painting and graphic art have been her preferred media for close to forty years as an active artist. Over time she has reduced and minimized the motivic range of her paintings until, today, she concentrates on a set of basic forms that are constantly converging in new ways.

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