Odd Nerdrum’s Exhibition “You see we are Blind” at Fineart Oslo Gallery | Guided by Jan-Ove Tuv | The Cave of Apelles

For the first time since the Retrospective at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in 1998, an Odd Nerdrum solo exhibition is on display in Norway. Sixty paintings made in the past twenty years are hanging on the walls of the Fineart Oslo gallery, and we decided to go their before the opening to show you around!

For more information about the gallery:

In this video you will learn about:

  • Achieving the impression of movement
  • “Shock effects” to push or pull figures in a certain direction
  • “Bleeding lines” to craft a cohesive image
  • Unifying figures into one organism to enhance the story
  • Compositional importance of one dominant diagonal
  • Rhythmic connection between all parts of a painting
  • Building form through warm/cool contrasts
  • Handling of paint, rather than strong contrasts

Featured paintings in this video:

Wanderer • 120,5 x 142 cm • Oil on canvas
Good News • 140,5 x 131,5 cm • Oil on canvas
Happy Boat • 348 x 209 cm • Oil on canvas
Crossing the Border • 256 x 204 cm • Oil on canvas
Night Jumper • 207 x 289 cm • Oil on canvas
The Golden Cape • 266,5 x 191 cm • Oil on canvas (Premium)
Memorosa • 331 x 206 cm • Oil on canvas

The title of the exhibition is “You see we are blind” and will run from 17th March – 13th April.
A selection of the paintings will move on to the second part of the exhibition in Stavanger at BGE Contemporary Art where the paintings will hang from 27th April – 25th May. This show will also include a handful of new paintings, such as “The Back”.


▶️ Full video (1 hour): https://patreon.com/caveofapelles
The premium video includes in-depth analysis of the paintings and extra material.
🎵 Full audio: http://caveofapelles.com/podcast

Voiceover by Jan-Ove Tuv (parts of the text taken from Öde Nerdrum’s article “The Face Digger” in Odd Nerdrum’s new book “Nerdrum” (2022)
The video was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.

Fergus Ryan
Shaun Roberts
Viorel Trandafir
Matthias Proy
Dean Anthony
Børge Moe
Eivind Josten
Alastair Blain
Anders Berge Christensen
Erik Lasky
Fernando Ramirez
Herman Borge
Iver Ukkestad
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Marion Bu-Pedersen
Maurice Robbins
Misty DeLaine
Michael Irish
Richard Barrett
Stacey Evangelista
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan


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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"