Kjell Nupen born in 1955, made up his mind to become a painter when he was only 14 years old. He studied at Statens Kunstakademi in Oslo and at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He was still a young man when he had his breakthrough as a painter and graphic designer and has been a prominent name in Norwegian contemporary art for many years. From the 1970’s onwards Nupen’s art was motivated by criticism of the established order, directed at the Vietnam War, nuclear armament and USA-inspired capitalism. The political and aggressive content was later toned down in favour of landscapes, often coastal landscapes inspired by his ties to home in the south of Norway. The predominant colour in these paintings is blue. This colour is built up of several layers of translucent blue, often referred to as ‘Nupen Blue’. Kjell Nupen has also worked with most printmaking techniques, including woodcut, lithography and etching.
The Crimea. Holiday of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Crimea. Christening
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2001 Israel. To commemorate the Institute for the Blind, Jerusalem, 1902-2002
2003 Spain. European years of disabled persons with braille