Herleik Kristiansen has worked with visual art, especially graphics and ceramics, for over 40 years. He is described as an "outsider" in the art context, but is still a well-established visual artist with a number of exhibitions and decorating assignments behind him.
As a teenager, Kristiansen moved to Trastad farm - an institution for the mentally handicapped. Sigvor Riksheim, one of Kristiansen's teachers, saw his creative talent and facilitated further artistic development. From the diagnosis "not educated" in the early 60's, this was the start of a solid artist career. Kristiansen started working with linocuts early on and without sketches or drawings on the plates he cut out the powerful linocuts that have given him great artistic recognition.
The exhibition at Norske Grafikere - curated by NorlandiART - shows a series of monumental linocuts, from records Kristiansen cut in the 70's at Trastad. Due to the size of the plates, they were never printed on paper, but some of them were printed on textiles. In 2020, the graphic designers Are Andreassen, Adrian Norwich and Arnold Johansen had the opportunity to print the plates in their full size on paper. The large formats emphasize the artist's distinctive ornamental style, where compositions of animals and humans fill the surfaces and form a strong graphic expression.
The linoplates are cut with a seemingly clear idea of the finished result without sketches and preparation. Kristiansen's artistic motivation lies in sensuality and memories where we as viewers are presented with a separate universe created in the artist's mind and conveyed through the motifs - original and honest imprints of the artist's memories. The expressive works meet the viewer with great power and give us an insight into the artist's own universe. He emphasizes the two-dimensional by breaking with the central perspective, and together with rhythm and repetition, he achieves a living picture space with a completely unique character.
Herleik Kristiansen has overcome many barriers on the way to becoming a nationally recognized artist, and has succeeded in developing his own unique style that simultaneously draws on several graphic traditions.
Herleik Kristiansen (1947, Nesna) has membership in NBK and NNBK. He has been purchased by a number of institutions and municipalities, including The Cultural Council, the National Gallery, the National Gallery, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Nordland Fylkeskommune, Troms Fylkeskommune, Nord-Norges kunststiftelse and Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum. He also has several decorating assignments behind him.
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