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)

Christensen, Irene

drawing, painting

I divide my time working in my studios in New York City and Oslo, Norway; and for many years one month each year in Costa Rica.
My Concertina Book series gathers iconic and symbolic tellings of my cognitive and psychological perception into shaped and narrow drawings.
The folded pages will form three-dimensional spaces as well as the shadows will cast negative spaces. These concertina books will look different depending on the height of the wall and how many folded pages I select.

Member of NBK, LNM

They took my Children, 102x66cm,ink, acrylic, paper 2018
Hardtimes24x36" 61x91cm
Hard Times, 61x91cm, ink, akryl, paper
Irenechristensen accordion books installation, palazzo mora venice2017 (2)
Accordion books installation, Palazzo Mora, Venice 2017
Ny neversleeps detail
New York Never Sleeps, Detail, accordion book, 528x20cm, 2017

Planned projects and exhibitions

November 2019 Westbeth Gallery in New York City
The National Arts Club in New York City
Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo



2019 Upcoming exhibition at Westbeth Gallery in New York City
2017 “PERSONAL STRUCTURES” Installation of 9 Concertina Books at Palazzo Mora, the GAA Foundation and hosted by the European Cultural Centre, Venice Biennale 2017 ( catalogs )
2017 “Symbolic & Abstract Landscape Paintings” Gal. Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, (with Carmen Kolodzey)
2016 “TANGO-paintings & sculptures” Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2016 “Paper the Walls-accordion books” Ceres Gal, Chelsea, NYC (with Lynne Mayocole)
2016 “Sonatina- Installation” Jefferson Market Library, New York City
2016 “Volcanoes & a City that Never Sleeps” Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, Norway
2015 “Nature’s Intermezzo” Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2014 “A NOHO/SOHO Concertina” The Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, New Jersey
2014 “Floating Dreams” Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, Norway
2014 “Thin-Sliced Cravings” (with Cathrine Wessel) NooSphere Gallery, New York City
2013 “From NOHO to SOHO” mixed media Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2013 “Twilight of the Wild” Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, Norway
2013 “SERPENTINE” installation of accordion books Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo
2012 “And the Mockingbird Sang” Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo
2011 “Metamorphic” Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
2011 “Now and Then”The National Arts Club, N.Y.C. (with Pedro Lujan & Charles Meyers)
2010 “Installation of 15 1ft paintings” Roger Smith Hotel Gallery, New York City
2009 “Everglades in Mind” Englewood Library Gallery, NJ (with Charles Meyers)
2008 “A Sense of Place” Galleria Nacional, Costa Rica (catalog)
2008 “Everglades in Mind” E. Coe Gallery, Everglades National Park, FL (with Charles Meyers)
2007 “Unfolding Art from SOHO to SOBRO” South Broadway Cultural Center Art Gal, Albuquerque, NM
2004 “Paintings” Trygve Lie Gallery, 52 St. New York City
2003 “Fables & Dreams” Pomona Cultural Center, NY
2003 “Paintings” Sandbekkstua – Raelingen Kunstforening, Norway
2003 “Fantasy in Nature-The Nature of Fantasy” Paterson Museum, NJ (with Carmen Kolodzey & C. Meyers)
2002 “Everglades through the Eyes of an Artist” Everglades Nat. Park -US Dept. of Interior,Florida
2002 “Pyramids” Ed Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey
2001 “Magic in Boxes, Meaning in Books” SUNY Westchester College, New York
2001 “Doorway to Dreams” Center Gallery, OCCC, Demarest, New Jersey
2000 "Lost Shrines & Magic Songs Norsk Skog Museum, Elverum, Norway
2000 “Paintings” River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1998 “Worlds Apart” The Bergen Museum, Paramus, New Jersey (catalog)
1998 “Paintings” Norwegian Trade Council, New York City
1997 “Dragon Heads & Flying Red Horses” EFTA Brussels , Belgium
1997 “Recent Paintings” Artbuilders Gallery, Jersey City, N.J.
1997 “Walking About” Watchung Art Center, New Jersey
1996 “Immortality” River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
1996 “Voices of the Earth” Atlantic City Art Center, NJ
1996 “Portals, Spires & Dragon Heads” Spiritual Art Gallery,Louisville,Kentucky
1996 Treasure Room Gallery, NYC
1995 “Spires & Dragon Heads” Kong Olav’s Church-Norw. Cultural.Center, NYC
1995 “Dream Spirits” Artbuilders Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey
1994 “Oil Paintings” Kristal Gallery, Warren,Vermont
1993 “Paintings” Williams Center for the Arts, Rutherford, NJ (catalog)
1992 “Temple and Time” Ward Nasse Gallery, SOHO, New York City
1987 “Paintings” Royal Norwegian Consulate in N.Y.C.
1983 “Paintings & Watercolors” Norwegische Tage, Ingelheim am Rhein , Germany
1983 “Spirits in Nature” Goldome Bank, N.Y.C.


2018 Politics of Space The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NYC
CREATURES ink drawings The LIC Arts Open Gallery at the Factory, Long Island City, NY
119th Annual EAM oil painting The National Arts Club, New York City
Migrating Identities Melahuset, Oslo, Norway (catalog)
2017 Three Concertina Books The Sculptors Guild celebrates its historic 80th anniversary, curated by distinguished poet and critic John Yau at Westbeth Gallery in the West Village
New Conceptions Sculpture Guild at Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, L.A.
Idylls, Idols, Ideals Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
Polluting Purity NWA Sørum Kunstforening, Norway
Migrating Identities Galleri 69, Grünerløkka Lufthavn, Oslo, Norway
2016 New Conceptions Sculptor Guild at the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, NYC
American Twist Governor’s Island, NYC (catalog)
A-Connection Atlantic Gallery Invitational exhibition, NYC
EAM National Arts Club, NYC
Fridge Art Fair New York City
Dialogues Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
Internal Politics Viridian Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
Migrating Identities Lørenskog Kunstforening, Norway (catalog)
Nature in Visual Art- AIRIE Co Curator with Donna Marxer at the Puffin Foundation, N.J.
36th Anniversary Ashok Jain Gallery, NYC (catalog)
2015 LAVELANET accueille 7 artistes NEW YORKAIS, Avelan’Arts, France
Big Art in Small Packages Monmouth Museum, N.J.
Crossing the Lines accordion books drawing show, Garrison Art Center, N.Y.C.
Affordable Art Fair New York City
EAM 116th Annual and ARTiculate 24th annual at the National Arts Club, N.Y.C.
GIRLS Rogue Space Gallery, Chelsea, NYC for Alianza Shelter in Guatamala 35th Anniversary A.Jain Gallery, NYC (catalog)
Explore St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
2015/14The Art of Healing Englewood Hospital, N.J.
2014 The Suitcase Show Art from the Endangered Everglades, Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, Curator
34th Anniversary A.Jain Gallery, N.Y.C.(catalog)
115th EAM The National Arts Club, N.Y.C.
2013 Min Stemme Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo (100 years Norwegian anniversary women’s right to vote)
On The Right Track Trygve Lie Gallery, NYC co-curator with Grete Marstein (catalog)
114th Annual EAM The National Arts Club- Honorable Mention Award
2012 On the Right Track Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo co-curator with Grete Marstein (catalog)
Tenafly Artists Belskie Museum of Art, New Jersey / Atlantic Gallery, NYC
33rd Anniversary A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, 57th St. New York City (catalog)
2012 Women-Realizing Perspectives -Gaia & Portuguese Consulate of Newark, One Gallery, Newark N.J.
Postcards from the Edge Cheim & Read Gallery, NYC 2012
2011 Eclectia Galleri Schaeffers Gate 5, Oslo, Norway (curator/artist)
10th Anniversary Exhibit Coe Gallery, Everglades, FL
Transformations Oslo Open 2011, Norway (Curator/ artist)
New Beginnings Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Art Reaction Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey
2010 Let It Snow Newark School of the Arts. N.J.
Eat/Art Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
Art from Detritus Viridian Gallery, Chelsea, N.Y.C.
Water Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
Paintings Barking Lizard Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010/09Paintings The National Arts Club, NYC / J.M. Gallery, 57th St. NYC
2009 Exchange Rate Global Currency 23 International Artists – Oslo Open 2009, Norway (curator)
2010/09Postcards from the Edge Metro Pictures 2009, N.Y.C. & Zieher Smith Gallery 2010, N.Y.C.
2009 First Response (juror Jerellle Kraus,NYT) Art into Life / Life into Art (juror Midori Yoshimoto)
Fall Exh. Pen & Brush, N.Y.C.
And You Think That’s Funny? (juror Nicole Hollander) Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Paintings Gallery 744, National Newark Building, Newark Art Council, N.J.
In the News (juror Morley Safer) Pen & Brush, N.Y.C. /JM Gallery, 57th St., NYC / Paintings Clinton Hill Art Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y. / Peter’s Valley Gal.,N.J.
2007 NANI II Trygve Lie Gallery, NYC /
Paintings JM Gallery, 57th St, NYC and 2006
Dia de los Muertos South Broadway Cultural Center Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Happily Ever After Canco Loft s Building, Jersey City, NJ / Oslo Open 2007 , NORWAY
1 Concept 8 Directions Construction Co. Gallery, 18 St., NYC
Juried Photography Exhibition, 2007 Spring and Fall Exhibition Pen & Brush, NYC
2006 Facing It Riverfront Gallery, Yonkers, N.Y. (with Lynne Mayocole & Charles Meyers)
Beauty, Magic, Mystery Garnerville Arts Project Gallery, Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, N.Y.
Artist Residence Exhibit Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, N.J.
Painting Tuckerton Seaport Museum, Tuckerton, New Jersey
Draw_drawing London Biennale 2006 and the Foundry Gallery, LONDON, UK
Tired Feet St.Francis College, Brooklyn, New York
Small Works Show Center Gallery, OCCC, NJ
2005 Bound_less Stenersenmuseet, Oslo/ Bodo Kunstfor./ Jolster, Sogn & Fjordane Kunstmuseum/ Harstad /Distriktsmuseum/Kirkenes-Grenselandsmuseet/ Stavanger Kunstforening Norway
2005 Paintings St. Francis College, Bklyn, NY / The Pen & Brush, NYC /
Concepto Gallery,Brooklyn, NY / J.M.Gallery, NYC
2004 draw_drawing Gallery 32, London Biennale 2004 ENGLAND /
Box Show Concepto Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.C.
Paintings The Pen & Brush, New York City / BWAC Water Show, Red Hook, NY / Boulder Museum of Contemp.Art, CO/ Borough President of Manhattan, City Borough Hall, NYC / Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway / J.M.Gallery, NYC
2003 The Birds Edward Hopper House Gallery Invitational 2003
World Paper Dana Library, Rutgers University, N.J.
Paintings Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, NYC
YWCA Brooklyn, NY / The Pen & Brush, NYC / L.N.M. Gal, Oslo, Norway
2002 Williamsburg Art & Historical Center,NYC/ Pomona Cultural Center, N.Y. / YWCA Brooklyn, N.Y. /
The Pen and Brush, NYC/ Jersey City Museum,NJ/ Life of the City MOMA, NYC/
Manifesta 4-Biennial, Frankfurt,GERMANY
2001 Noyes Museum, N.J. / Sothebys.Com / The Pen and Brush, NYC / 92 St YWCA NYC/
Inframundo Gallery, SOHO, NYC / YWCA Brooklyn, N.Y.
2000 City Without Walls Gallery,Newark, N.J./ Norwegian Cultural Center, NYC /
Norwegian Trade Council in New York City / Kristal Gallery, Warren, VT ( 1995-2000)
1999 Flushing Town Hall,New York / City Atelier Coletivo de Olinda, PE. BRASIL/ 128 Gallery, NYC
1998 Metro Show Palmer Museum / Monmouth Museum, New Jersey
1997 Paintings Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ / Metro Show City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Trenton City Museum, NJ / Bergen Museum of Art & Science, N.J.1996/ Berlex Laboratory, N.J.
1995 Wergeland LNM Gallery, Oslo, NORWAY
1994/93Brooke Alexander Gallery, NYC/ Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ/ Gen.Utility Corp.Gallery, N.J. / Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, NYC / Port Authority of NY/NJ (42 St.Bus.Term.)
1994/93/92 Jain-Marunouchi Gallery, SOHO, NYC
1993 Ben Shahn Gallery, Wm Paterson College,NJ / Johnson & Johnson Corp. Gallery, NJ1993
Bucknell University,PA/ Nabisco Gallery, NJ / Casa Argentina en Jerusalem, ISRAEL
1993/92 LNM Gal., Oslo / Ibsen Huset, NORWAY
1992 America 500 Centro Cultural Recoleta , Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA/
PaintingsForum Gallery, Jamestown College, NY /LEVER House, N.Y.C./ Passaic Co. College, N.J./ Iona College, NY /Williams Center for the Arts, N.J
1991 Roland Gibson Gallery of Potsdam College, State University of New York
1990 Dallas City Hall, Texas / Exchange Year of Music, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington DC
1989 Art Expo, Javits Center, New York City 1983-89 Manhattan Studio Collective, SOHO, NYC

Art Education: Art Student League, NYC (studied with Joseph Hirsch and Richard Pousette-Dart) 1981
Voss School of Fine Arts, Norway (sponsored by the British Council) 1979 & 1981
Institutt for Romkunst ( Prof.J.Pallasmaa) Oslo, Norway 1990 Oslo Engineering Skole, Norway 1967

Professional Art Associations
NBK Norwegian Association of Visual Artists, LNM Association of Norwegian Professional Painters
Sculpture Guild, New York, NWA Norwegian Worldwide Artists
Newark Art Council, N.J. / Jersey City Prof. Artist Registry, New Jersey
Life Member of Art Student League, New York City
EAM at The National Arts Club, NYC / The Pen and Brush, New York City
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Wash. DC, Archives on Women Artists (Library and Research)
Sonoma State University Special Collections, CA

Board of Director to Everglades Artists in Residence (AIRIE), Florida
Board of Director to Artists Talk on Art (ATOA), New York City

Selected Paintings and Concertina Books in Permanent Collections
Biblioteca, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston
Galeria Nacional, Costa Rica
National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
Museum of Modern Art, New York City (Artist Book – Everglades in Mind)
The Ontological Museum, TX
Paterson Museum, New Jersey
US Department of Interior-Everglades National Park, FL
Norsk Skogs Museum, NORWAY
Elverum Energi Verk , NORWAY
Y.C. Elverum, NORWAY
Bergen Museum , New Jersey
Norwegian Seamen’s Church, New York City
Casa Argentina en Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Cathedral Heritage Found., Louisville, KY
Norwegian Trade Council, N.Y.C.
Inger G. Ginsberg, NYC
Ellen Horn & Jon Christensen Norway
Private Collections in USA, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Iceland, Finland, Israel, Germany

Fellowships, Awards and Stipends
2017 118th Annual Exhibiting Artist Member Exhibition National Arts Club, NYC- Arts Student
League of New York Honorable Mention
2013 114th exhibiting Artists Member Show at N.A.Club- Gamblin Honorable Mention Award
2008 Peter’s Valley Artists Residency, NJ – (stipend from NJ Council for the Arts & G.Dodge Foundation)
2008-15 The Julia & David White Artists’ Colony, Costa Rica
2006 Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, New Jersey –Artist in Residence
( stipend from NJ Council for the Arts & G. Dodge Foundation)
2004/03/02&1996/95 Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York City
2002 US Dept. of Interior / Everglades National Park artist-in residence program AIRIE
2002/94 Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ
1998 Juror’s Award by Jerry Saltz
2013/2000/98 Inger G. Ginsberg Grant, N.Y.C.
1997 Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ
1993/95 Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington DC

Panel Dec.19, 2015 “The Wilderness Experience” The Puffin Foundation, N.J.
Panel Discussion July 11, 2007 “The Artful Life” South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
Lecture Oct.24, 1995 The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Lecture May 9, 1995 The Pen & Brush, Inc, New York City
Lecture Oct.6, 1996 Cathedral Heritage Foundation, Louisville, KY
Lectures 1995-2002 Norwegian Seamen Cultural Center, New York City
Lecture 2003 Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
Lecture Jan. 2001 Norsk Skogbruksmuseum, Elverum, Norway
Lecture 1997 Haworth Library, New Jersey
Lecture Oct.2002 Florida International University, Honor Class, Florida
Once a year Open Studio Lectures to visiting groups such as the 92nd Str.Y and
American Scandinavian Association 2004 – on my own works.

Selected Reviews and Publications
Ariege News “Lavelanet:sept artistes new-yorkais a decouvrir prochainement a la Maison des Arts May 18,15
La Depeche “Maison des arts: bientôt a l’heure américaine, May 19,15
Art Voices Magazine Dec. 2013 Feature “Personal Visions in Color Motions” by Amir Bey
The Record newspaper “Tenafly artist turns to the past to create magical, surreal worlds”Oct.3,2011 by Sachi Fujimori
Gallery Guide Nov.2013 & Oct.2011
N.Y.Times Dec.15,10 “Art for Food Lovers” Atlantic Gallery
The Record March 30/09 “Everglades in Mind” & Northern Valley Suburbanite 4/2/09
La Nacion Jan.11,08 “Exposicion en la Galeria Nacional”* La Prensa Libre Jan.21,08 “Exhibicion de pintura muestra la belleza de los Everglades”*La Republica Jan.11,08 “Nueva expo en la Galeria”*A banico La Prensa Libre Jan.11,08 “Arte inspirado en la naturaleza” * ABQ ARTS, NM July 07 * The Journal News Nov.3,06 “Yonkers Exhibit all about the face”
The New York Times, Sun.May 14,06 “Head Trip” ”Silent Dreaming” * Sandpaper May 17,06 “Artists gift LBI Foundation with a Show”*
Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill Courier Sept.5,05 * Park Slope Courier “On the Waterfront-Red Hook’s Aqua Art Runs Deep” July 19, 04 * Rutgers Univ.,Dana Libr “World Paper Challenge Interview” Sep.9,03* New York Times,Sun.Dec.8,2002 * The Record, Nov.15,2002 Creative Insight-Fine Arts and Poetry ,NYC“ Mythic Exploration”2001 Chattanooga Times, TN July 30 & Aug.4,2000 * Chattanooga Press, TN Jan.28,96
The New York Times Nov.14, 93 * Art Now Gallery Guide New York Oct.2011,1997 *
The Star Ledger Feb.6,98, Sep.21,97, Jan.26,97, May 31,97, Nov.19, 93, Jul.1,94, Jun.17,92, Feb.28,93 Art in America Guide1992,93,94,95,96,97,01,02,03 * Art News May 92, Jan.93, Oct.94 *
Art in America Sep.91, May 92, Jan.93 * New Jersey Monthly Oct.1998, Dec.1997 *
The Jersey Journal Jul.31,98, Sep.26,97 * The Record, NJ Nov.15,02, Oct. 1,97, Oct.13,95, Nov.5, 93 * Hudson Current Jun.11-17,98, Nov.8,95
Recorder News Jan.22,98 * The Courier News Feb.8,98 , Jan.19,97 * New Jersey Cable TV 1/19/98 “News NJ Channel 12” * Gateway NJ Cable TV 1992 “Interview” * Watchung Hills Weekender Jan.31,98 * The Independent Press Jan.29,97 * Suburbanite March 30,94, Nov.10,93 * South Suburbanite May 13,92 * Twin Boro News Oct.29,93
VERMONT The Stow Reporter Sep.3,98, Sep.11,97 * The World Sep.10,97, Aug.3,94 * The Valley Reporter Sep.3,98, Sep.11,97, Aug.4,94 * The Times Argus Sep.12,97 * Warren Time Observer Nov.1,1992 *
NORWAY Cappelen Damm Oslo “Helt sjef i Schaeffersgate!” by Cathrine Louise Finstad 26.april 2012
Akers Avis News Oslo Oct.22,2010 “Internasjonal kunsthelg”by Rolf Kristiansen & Oct.29 “Ny rekord for Tveita Lions”
Kunstfestivalavisen Oslo Open 2009 * Oslo Syd “Kreativ Flaskmynter fra Nordstrand åpner nytt studio” Oct.09 * Kunst for Alle #5 2003 * Hamar Arbeiderblad Nov.4&6&9,00 * Østlendingen Nov.3,2000 * Klassekampen Oct.28,2000 * Norway Times May,2000, Nov.6,97 Feb.13,97, Apr.11,96, Jun.22,95 * Aftenposten Dec.13,97 * Norway Digest Sept.3,96 *
News of Norway, Norw.Embassy Jul.Aug.97 * Kunst for Alle Nr.1 1996 Østlandsposten Jul.31,95
COSTA RICA La Nacion Jan.11,08 “Exposicion en la Galeria Nacional”
La Prensa Libre Jan.21,08 “Exhibicion de pintura muestra la belleza de los Everglades”*La Republica Jan.11,08 “Nueva expo en la Galeria”*A banico La Prensa Libre Jan.11,08 “Arte inspirado en la naturaleza” *
BRAZIL Brazilian TV Globo Network Video, Jornal do Comercio, Diario de Pernambuco 7/99 * Journal do Comercio, Recife July 6,1999 * Diaro de Pernambuco, Recife July 15, 1999
ISRAEL Aurora,Jerusalem Dec.23,93 * Latin America “La Nacion” Buenos Aires ARGENTINA Aug.13,92

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Norwegian Worldwide Artists (NWA)

Schæffers gate 5, 0558 Oslo
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