Ørland, b.1961

Anne-Karin Furunes

Anne-Karin Furunes is a leading artist of Scandinavia in painting and public commissions. Since 1992, Furunes has developed a signature technique of perforating canvas or metal that considers photographic and digital elements of space, light and material. The punctured holes in her canvases mimic the halftone process, most popularly used in periodicals, though Furunes does not employ a computer to create the image but composes it manually. Substituting ink for light, she creates a star pattern on a diagonal grid, cutting each hole by hand to create an image through the way the human eye perceives light. Furunes works from archival photographs, departing from the original she deliberately adjusts color, cropping, light and perspective. This method of removing in order to reveal complements Furunes’s research-based practice that frequently focuses on...

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Biography

Anne-Karin Furunes is a leading artist of Scandinavia in painting and public commissions. Since 1992, Furunes has developed a signature technique of perforating canvas or metal that considers photographic and digital elements of space, light and material. The punctured holes in her canvases mimic the halftone process, most popularly used in periodicals, though Furunes does not employ a computer to create the image but composes it manually. Substituting ink for light, she creates a star pattern on a diagonal grid, cutting each hole by hand to create an image through the way the human eye perceives light. Furunes works from archival photographs, departing from the original she deliberately adjusts color, cropping, light and perspective. This method of removing in order to reveal complements Furunes’s research-based practice that frequently focuses on forgotten histories and people, transforming archival photographs into portraits that emphasize an individual’s experience.

Trained as an artist and architect, Furunes received her degree from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in Norway. Her work has been the subject of important solo shows at Kimen Cultural Centre at Stjørdal Kunstforening; Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Millesgården, Stockholm; Västerås Konstmuseum, Sweden; Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway; and the University of Wyoming Art Museum, US. Large-scale commissions of her work have been realized at Oslo’s Barcode Project, Deutsche Bank, Sydney; St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, the Trondheim Airport, and The National Theatre Station, Oslo, among others. She is represented in prominent public collections worldwide including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kistefos Museum, Norway; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Art, Trondheim; National Museum Beijing; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo. Furunes lives and works in Stjørdal, Norway.

Artworks

8

Kronebreen, Svalbard, Norway (2013), 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Anthropologic Approach / Anthropology / Archival Photographs / Art of the 2010s / Atypical Forms and Shapes / Blurring Genre Boundaries / Canvas / Colonial/Post-colonial Issues / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary Norwegian Art / Eco-Friendly Attitude / European Art / Figurative Painting / Global Issues / History/Historical Approach / Individual and Society / Individual Portrait / Landscape Painting / Light/Lightings / Multidisciplinary Approach / Natural Environment / Norway / Norwegian Art / Painting / Perception / Perforated Canvas / Portrait Painting / Preserving Endangered Values / Stjørdal / Women Artists / Ørland

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1993

    The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, NO (1991-93)

  • 1989

    The Norwegian Technical High School, Department of Architecture, Trondheim, NO

  • 1988

    The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, NO (1986-88)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Together but Apart, RYAN LEE, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Gestures, Galleri K, Oslo, NO 

  • Gestures, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FI 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Friends, Galleria Traghetto, Venice, IT

  • 2018

    Mirror Mirror, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, US

  • 2017

    Participation, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO 

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Education

  • 1993

    The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, NO (1991-93)

  • 1989

    The Norwegian Technical High School, Department of Architecture, Trondheim, NO

  • 1988

    The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, NO (1986-88)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Together but Apart, RYAN LEE, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Gestures, Galleri K, Oslo, NO 

  • Gestures, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FI 

  • Galerie de Bellefeuille, Toronto, CA 

  • Tornabuoni Arte, Florence, IT

  • 2017

    Back to Light: Faces Reflecting the Past at San Servolo Insane Asylum, Isola di San Servolo, IT

  • 2016

    Anne-Karin Furunes: Illuminating Pictures, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, CA 

  • Of Faces II (Portraits of Archive Pictures), RLWindow, RYAN LEE, New York, NY 

  • Galerie De Bellefeuille at Art Toronto, Toronto, CA 

  • Galerie Anhava at Art Cologne, Cologne, DE 

  • Galerie Anhava at ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES

  • 2014

    Anne-Karin Furunes: Shadows, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, IT 

  • Anne-Karin Furunes: Beyond the Portraits, Millesgården, Stockholm, SE 

  • Crystals, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FI 

  • Galerie Anhava at CHART Art Fair, Copenhagen, DK

  • 2013

    Galleria Traghetto Venezia, Venice, IT 

  • From Picture to Event, Galerie De Bellefeuille, Montreal, CA

  • 2012

    Through Images, Galleri K, Oslo, NO

  • 2011

    Barry Friedman, New York, NY

  • Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, SE 

  • Rake visningsrom, Åpningsutstilling m Fredrik Lund, Trondheim, NO

  • 2010

    Dialogues with Light, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO 

  • University of Wyoming Art Museum, US

  • 2009

    Galleri Andersson Sandström, Stockholm, SE 

  • Galleria Traghetto, Arsenale Novissimo, Capannone 102, Venice, IT

  • Ismar-Cnr, Istituto di Scienze Marine, Ancona, IT

  • 2008

    Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, AU 

  • Galleria Traghetto, Rome, IT 

  • Spaziomillesimato, Montalcino, IT 

  • Studio, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FI

  • 2007

    Portraits of Unknowns, Barry Friedman Gallery, New York, US 

  • Galleri Andersson Sandström, Umeå, SE

  • 2006

    Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FI 

  • Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Melbourne, AU

  • 2005

    Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, AU

  • 2004

    Schröder Galerie, Cologne, DE

  • 2003

    Galleria Traghetto Venezia, Venice, IT

  • 2002

    Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, SE 

  • Galleria Kari Kennetti, Helsinki, FI

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Friends, Galleria Traghetto, Venice, IT

  • 2018

    Mirror Mirror, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, US

  • 2017

    Participation, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO 

  • Porto Marghera, 100, Fondazione Musei Civica, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, IT

  • 2015

    Touch, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Fl 

  • Proportio, in conjunction with the 56th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, IT 

  • Individual: Portraits from the Collection, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromso, NO

  • 2014

    Touch – Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection Exhibition, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FI 

  • The Divine Marchesa, Museo Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, IT 

  • Face to Face, Wall to Wall, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, US

  • 2013

    Resonance: Audible Silence in Portraiture, the Fine Arts Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, US 

  • International Print Center, New York, US 

  • Eye to I… 3000 Years of Portraits, Katonah Museum, Katonah, US

  • 2012

    PictureTakers, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, US 

  • Wynwood Miami, Barry Friedman Gallery, Miami, US

  • 2011

    Helt ude i skoven/Out in the Wildwood, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, DK 

  • Kind of Nice, The Twentieth Anniversary of Galerie Anhava, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, FI

  • 2009

    Paper Under Knife, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US 

  • Veneziabiennalen, Venice, IT 

  • Hamsun fantasier, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO 

  • Pavilion of Art and Design, Barry Friedman, London, UK

  • 2008

    The Collection, Kiasma, Helsinki, FI 

  • The Enigma of William Tell and Other Tales, The Agency, London, UK 

  • From Mao to Now Exhibition, Sydney, AU 

  • ArtChicago, Gallerie Anhava, Barry Friedman Gallery, Chicago, US 

  • ArtBasel, Galerie Anhava, Basel, CH 

  • Art Miami, Traghetto, Miami, US

  • 2007

    ArtBasek, Gallerie Anhava, Basel, CH 

  • Art Brøssel, Galleri Andersson Sandstrm, Brussels, BE 

  • Kunstmarked, Galleri Andersson Sandstrm, Stockholm, SE 

  • From the daguerreotype to digitalization, Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, NO

  • 2006

    Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie Anhava, Miami, US 

  • Artforum Berlin, Glaeri K, Galerie Anhava, Berlin, DE 

  • Symbolic Order, Rogaland, Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, NO 

  • Prosjektrommet 93-06, Galleri F15, Moss Bryggeri Utstillingshall, Moss, NO

  • 2005

    Beijing Biennale, Beijing, CN 

  • The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO 

  • Diskurs, Drammen Museum, Drammen, NO 

  • Symbolic Order, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO 

  • Artfair Cologne, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne, DE 

  • Artforum Berlin 2006, Galleri K, DE 

  • Stockholm Artfair, Galleri Stefan Andersson, SE 

  • Artfair in Bologna, Galleria Traghetto, IT 

  • Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Summerexhibition 2005, NO

  • 2004

    Dynamics of the face, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di palazzo 

  • Ducale in Pavullo, Frignano, IT 

  • Sal Haaken, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, NO 

  • Stockholm Artfair, Galleri Stefan Andersson, SE 

  • Artfair in Bologna, Galleria Traghetto, IT 

  • Maleri?/Painting?, Galleri F15, Moss, Norway

  • 2003

    night train-Surrealist Routes to Kiasma’s Collections, Kiasma, FI

  • 2002

    Lys, Bomuldsfabrikken, Arendal, NO 

  • Umedalen Skulpturpark, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, SE

  • 2001

    Painting&Painting, Kristinehamn Museum of Art, Kristinehamn, SE 

  • Biennial in Painting, The nordic countries & the Baltic States, Väsby Konsthall and Galleri Vilunda, Stockholm, SE 

  • To build a Collection, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, NO

  • 2000

    Andres Verk /Interplay, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, NO 

  • Kvit Akse, Bergen Kunstforening, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, NO 

  • Hå gamle prestegård, Jæren 

  • Out of Home / Ausser Haus, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO 

  • Swanljungs Collection Exhibition, Helsinki, FI

  • Carnegie Art Award Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO (1999 - 2000)

  • Amos Andersons konstmuseum, Helsinki, FI (1999 - 2000)

  • Konstakademien, Stockholm, SE (1999 - 2000)

  • Sophienholm, Copenhagen, DK (1999 - 2000)

  • Listsafni Islands, Reykjavik, IS (1999 - 2000)

  • Barbican Art Center,The Curve, London, UK (1999 - 2000)

Collections

  • Jönköpings Kommun, SE

  • KIASMA, Helsinki, FI 

  • Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, NO

  • Konstvägen, SE

  • Landstinget Gävleborg, SE

  • Landstinget Jönköping, SE

  • Landstinget Kronoberg, SE

  • Landstinget Västerbotten, SE

  • Landstinget Västernorrland, SE

  • Landstinget Västra Götalandsregionen, SE