Sverre Bjertnes (b. 1976) is one of our foremost young painters. Through a long and thorough process of developing a personal expression he has been a renewer of the Norwegian contemporary painting. Studying under the famous traditionalist and kitsch painter Odd Nerdrum, Sverre’s early works were committed to a formal aesthetic expression. Several of his well known early works were portraits of youth. During his time at The National Academy of Fine Arts, Sverre developed a moreover photorealistic approach to painting. His recent production stems both from classical figurative painting and conceptual art.
Sverre’s paintings are results of a struggle to overcome a chaotic and fragmented world. Several of his later works have included darker themes such as drug and alcohol abuse. During the last couple of years Bjertnes has done some interesting projects with the brilliant artist Bjarne Melgaard. Sverre is a shooting star from the Norwegian art world.
Education: Dutch Academy of Fine Art Enschede Holland, Dutch Art Institute, Holland, The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo Norway.
Exhibitions: Volta NY, New York City, Art Forum Berlin, Basel Art SCOPE, Haugar Art Museum, Galleri K, galleri s.e and North Norwegian Art Museum.
Sverre Bjertnes - CV (PDF)