Per Inge Bjørlo explores existential questions and psychological conditions of uncertainty, anxiety and vulnerability: ‘Knowing art is a way of thinking—and we are all full of pictures to be sorted out. I question. My doubt and searching is in these works. I know there are deeper rooms to be reached’. Combining figuration and abstraction, his practice spans painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation. Diverse mixed media such as textiles, fire briquettes, and industrial materials including polished steel, glass, rubber and plastic, physically accentuate and further extend his imagery. Haunting self-portraits are often situated alongside complex hybrid artificial/biological structures appearing in an unstable state of flux, as if achieved through unknown retro-futuristic manipulation. Wall-based works, reminiscent of colour field painting, retain this sense of transformation due to the uncanny assemblage of contrasting materials.
Norwegian artist Per Inge Bjørnlo (1952, Ålesund) lives and works in Hønefoss. He graduated from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB), Bergen (1977) and Norwegian National Academy of Arts, Oslo (1981). He received the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal (2012). His work is in collections including Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo; Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen; Tate, London; among others.