Jon Paulsen



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Notorious. Oil on Canvas. 81 cm x 66 cm

Portrait of Two Souls. Oil on Canvas. 77 cm x 70 cm

Beneath The Facade. Oil on Canvas. 70 cm x 100 cm

The Blue Hour. Oil on Canvas. 140 cm x 125 cm

Dreams. Oil on Canvas. 220 cm x 300 cm

After a Hundred Years Sleep. Oil on Canvas. 180 cm x 200 cm


I consider myself as an artist belonging to the group of new realists where the human being is looked upon in a new light and painted strongly figurative. The meaning of Clair Obscure, in Italian chiaroscuro, is light in the darkness.Less light, less color.That is some of the reasons why I work with plain and few earth colors and very seldom part from that rule unless it is absolutely necessary. To be able to create a painting bound to classical guidelines you do of course need to obey them. A figurative work of art punish hard and quickly if you do mistakes, both in the selection of motive and the way the artist conveys it. To be able to convey a story with one single painting. A comparison of painting of nudes for example in a competition, which the art world also is full of, doesn't necessarily convey anything that resembles art even if the skin is ever so smooth and the position of the model is perfect. In my view it is only the basic idea in the composition of message that can reveal art. It doesn't matter if the painting was poorly constructed if it shows signs of temperament. I've never forgot the rules and it was useable in oil, watercolour and charcoal as well. One of them was: "Don't be too tough with you pencil when you draw. Not too much information when you catch the line. Do not underestimate your audience". Your art must travel where the photograph fails to follow.


Solo & Group Juried Exhibitions (Selected):

2018 Solo exhibition through The Gallery LightSpace & Time at June 15 - July 14
2017 - 2018 ModPortrait. IAACC Pablo Serrano Museum of Zaragoza. 30 May - 17 June. MEAM. Museu Europeu d'Art Modern. 22 june - 29 july. Barcelona. Spain
2011 - 2018 Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist
2017 "Something more than realism" Galeria Artelibre. Zaragoza. Spain
2017 "Portrait Now 2017" Group Exhibition; "Notorious". Fredriksborg Castle, Denmark and The Ljungberg Museum, Sweden
2014 International Guild of Realism (IGOR) "Dead Ringer" Robert Lange Studios. Charleston. SC. USA
2014: World Wide Art. Artavita. Los Angeles Convention Center. California. USA
2013 Saatchi Online Competition, Finalist,"Black Swan"
2013 International Guild of Realism (IGOR),"Portrait of Two Souls", 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Tempe, AZ, USA
2012 Salon d'Automne,"Portrait of Two Souls", Autumn Festival, Champs Elysee, Paris, FR
2009 ICO Gallery, Indian summer, Oil painting, Three lithographs. New Motion for Figure Exhibition, Tribeca. Manhattan, NY, USA
1997 Norwegian State Art Exhibition,"Twins or Clones. You choose" Oil, The Artist's House, Oslo, NO
1996 IBSEN Festival, collection;"A Doll's House", National Theatre, Oslo, NO
1995 The East community State Art Exhibition, Oslo and surrounding areas. Norway"After a Hundred Years Sleep" Oil, Travelling exhibition.
1993 Norwegian State Art Exhibition,"Charcoal study from "Shadows and Victims", The Artist's House, Oslo NO
1991 Norwegian State Art Exhibition,"Dreams" Oil, The Artist's House, Oslo, NO
1990 Norwegian State Art Exhibition,"The Generals Morning" Oil, The Artist's House, Oslo, NO
1983 Salon d'Automne 80 Years Jubilee,"The Policeman Who Cried", Autumn Festival, Grand Palais, Paris FR
60 separate /collective exhibitions, NO, US, England & FR

2018 Winner Gallery LightSpace & Time's Solo exhibition competition at Artsy for the period June 15th - July 14th.
2018 NOAPS Finalist Spring on-line International. The painting "Portrait of Pippi".
2018 8th Annual Figurative Art Exhibition. LightSpace & Time. 2nd place "Painting & Other Category, 4th place "Overall Category". The charcoaldrawing "Colors gradually turn grey".(Portrait of Inger Lise.) Category "Special Merit". The painting " Rich man,poor man,beggar man".
2018 Top 100 Award "Artist of the Year" Circle Foundations. Lyon. France.
2017 Finalist The exhibition "Portrait Now" The Carlsberg Portrait Award. Fredriksborg Castle, Denmark. The Ljungberg Museum. Sweden
2016 NOAPS Finalist The Fall on-line International. The painting "Notorious"
2016 First Prize Winner IGOA (international Gallery of the Arts) the competition "No Theme" The painting "Notorious"
2014 Artavita 10th Competition, Winner
2013 RayMar Art Painting Competition, Finalist, "Dead Ringer" Oil, 7th Annual Competition, Month 12
2013 Boldbrush Painting Competition, Finalist, "Dead Ringer" Oil, December
2013 RayMar Art Painting Competition, Finalist,"Beyond The Facade" Oil, 7th Annual Competition, Month 8
2013 BoldBrush Painting Competiton, Winner of the Class,"Romeo & Juliette", Outstanding Watercolor Exhibition
2011 - 2018 Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist


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