Kristine Onsrud Starts Painting on a New Self-Portrait | 🎨 School of Apelles | The Cave of Apelles

Jan-Ove Tuv visits the Norwegian painter Kristine Onsrud to attend an hour-long session as she starts painting on a new self-portrait.

Smudging the canvas like Rembrandt, Onsrud is taking fingerpainting to another level, aiming for dreamy atmospheres akin to the works of Helene Scherfbeck and Olga Boznanska.
Aside from the Eastern European influence, she follows in the footsteps of the old masters and has been doing so with conviction whilst under the tutelage of Odd Nerdrum.
After getting her basic training at the Florence Academy in Italy, Onsrud has employed storytelling in her work and swapped the academic technique for a more translucent rendering of the human figure.

▶️ The full video (1:23:13):

Video produced by Bork Nerdrum and Jan-Ove Tuv.

Dean Anthony
Fergus Ryan
Alastair Blain
Anders Berge Christensen
Elizabeth Freeman
Erik Lasky
Herman Borge
Hårek Jordal Andreassen
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Jon Harald Aspheim
Michael Irish
Noz Vvu
Peter Asinger
Shaun Roberts
Stacey Evangelista
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan


MUSIC in this video:

Robert Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 – I. Des Abends
Performed by European Archive and in the public domain.

Maria Callas – Vincenzi Bellini – Il Pirata
Performed by European Archive and in the public domain.


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"