27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Aarre, Karen

Painting, drawing, printing techniques

Karen Aarre has her artistic training from The National Art Academy in Lisbon, Portugal and the Free Academy of Art, the Hague, the Netherlands. She also holds a DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and has worked in documentary film making for BBC, NRK and TV2 for a number of years. These experiences inform her artistic practice. She works mainly figuratively with portraiture and landscape. She is deeply fascinated by the human urge to collect – be it objects, landscapes or experiences – as a a means to understand oneself, others or the physical world surrounding us.

Member of NBK and BOA

Member of NBK, BOA

My Mother, Oil on linen, 2017, 50x70cm
Maia, oil on linen, 2017, 90x120cm
The actor   espen skjønberg
The Actor - Espen Skjønberg. oil on linen, 2016, 2x50x70
The sound of a bird flying low across the garden
The Sound of a Bird Flying Low Across the Garden. Acrylic on linen. 90x120cm

Planned projects and exhibitions

Planning, among other things, an exploration of the collection of old photo portraits at the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford, UK.



Curriculum Vitae

Karen Marie Aarre
b. 03.02 1972 London
Contact: Havna allé 10, 0373 Oslo
Tel +47 99720771
Website: www.karenaarre.com


Solo exhibitions
2014 Solo exhibition at Edvard Munch´s Winter Studio, Ekely, Oslo. October 2014. Exhibition entitled “White Beginnings”. Curated by Joakim Borda-Pedreira.

2013 Solo exhibition at the Centro Cultural de Cascais, July 2013- Sept 2013. Exhibition entitled “The Sky Begins at Your Feet”. Curated by Fundacao Dom Luis I.

Collective exhibitions

2017 Galleri Briskeby

2017 Dronning Sonjas Kunststall

2017 Oslo Open

2016 Oslo Open

2015 Oslo Open

2015 Collective exhibition at Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo. February 2015. Exhibition entitled “Kunsten å falle”.

2014 Collective exhibition at Akershus Kunstsenter. December 2014.

2014 Collective exhibition of prints at the national heritage fortress Forte de Oitavos, Cascais, Portugal. Sept-Dec 2014. Exhibition entitled “Ultramarine”.

2014 Collective exhibition at the Palacio do Egipto, Centro Cultural de Oeiras, Portugal. Sept-Oct 2014. Exhibition entitled “Lendo as Estrelas”.

2013 Collective exhibition at WOA- Ways of Art, Alcabideche, Cascais. Exhibition entitled “One Ocean Four Views”.

Colleccao Fundacao Dom Luis 1. Portugal
Câmera de Cascais, Museu do Mar. Portugal
Rikshospitalet, Norway
Dronning Sonjas Kunststall

Education and Work experience
Faculdade das Belas Artes (Faculty of Fine Arts), University of Lisbon, Portugal. Final year visiting student of painting.

 Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (The Free Academy of Visual Arts), The Hague, The Netherlands.

 Documentary film director, producer, researcher, and video journalist for BBC television, NRK (Norwegian public broadcaster) and TV2 Norway.

 DPhil Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK.

MPhil Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK. Awarded Distinction.

BA Honours Development Studies and Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.

Short courses
2017 The Sustained Pose, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.
2016 Contemporary Portraiture, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK.
2013 Etching techniques with Mary St. George, Portugal.
2012 Painting the face. Portrait course at The Prince´s Drawing School, London.
2010 Silkscreen printing, Norske Grafikeres Verksted.
2007 Videojournalism – filming and editing, NRK.

Open on: Sunday


Havna allé 10, 0373 0373
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