LARS LERIN

Nordland, 2015

Nordland, 2015

The Swedish artist Lars Lerin was born in 1954 and has long been considered the leading watercolorists in the Nordic region. He is also a renowned author and has published more than 50 books with his own illustrations or photographs. In the recent years, Lars Lerin has become Sweden’s best known and most beloved artist and he also runs a well attended exhibition space in Karlstad where his works are on permanent display. He has been awarded several prizes for his artworks, his books and for his documentary television programs in which he meets various artists and celebrities.

Henningsvær, februar, 2016

Henningsvær, februar, 2016

Lars Lerin first studied at the Gerlesborg School in Stockholm before spending four years at Valand Academy of Art in Gothenburg. In 1988, he relocated to Lofoten in Norway where he lived with the Norwegian artist Yngve Henriksen. When he returned home 12 years later, he had secured a name for himself in Norwegian art history with his depictions of northern Norwegian fishing villages and coastal landscapes. A gloomy atmosphere rests above the deserted villages. The sense of isolation and loneliness is tangible. In many of Lars Lerin’s watercolours, one is left entirely to oneself. Here you walk alone, just like he did towards the end of his stay when his alcohol and drug abuse had become so destructive and acutely life-threatening that he had to abandon Lofoten and check into rehab in Sweden.

Utkant, 2009

Utkant, 2009

Moske I, 2010

Moske I, 2010

 

 

 

 

This is Lars Lerin’s first museum exhibition in Norway, presenting a wide range of different themes and painting techniques. A richly illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with an introductory text by Haugar’s director Jan Åke Pettersson and an essay penned by professor of art history Øivind Storm Bjerke. Pettersson and Bjerke are also co-curating the Exhibition.

Bibliotek, 2010-13

Bibliotek, 2010-13

Havn II, 2011

Havn II, 2011

Diorama, 2012

Diorama, 2012