Arne Ekeland

Arne Ekeland (1908 – 1994) studied with Axel Revold at the Art Academy in Oslo.

Exponent for the radicalisation process that Norwegian art went through in the 1930s en regard to both political awareness and modernist experimentation with form. He obtained impulses from cubism and surrealism, Italian renaissance and byzantine mosaics. Pathos and compassion became one in a distinctive artistic idiom with powerfully expressive force.

His major exhibition at the Artist´s House in Oslo in 1940 was a sensation and there was much early speculation that he could be the greatest talent in the new Norwegian generation of painters and a future heir of Edvard Munch. His submission for decoration Oslo Town Hall – “Sisters of Freedom” – was not chosen. After that he went through a period marked by the Soviet-inspired socialist realism. Later came new experiments with form, but always with a passionate social commitment in the distance between utopia and dystopia.