Elin Bjorsvik is a London based artist, painter and printmaker, originally from Norway.
"My artistic vision is to create images that deal with the interaction between reality and imagination."
About Elin Bjorsvik
When I am not painting, I spend my time reading, thinking, writing, walking, socialising with friends & family, visiting art galleries, taking photos of nature and watching films & documentaries.
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Elin was born in Norway in 1971. She grew up on an island outside the town of Bergen where she lived with her parents and younger sister until she moved to the UK in 1994.
Growing up in the countryside inspired her to create drawings and paintings of trees and forests (often with the famous mountains of the Norwegian fjords in the background) from an early age.
She did a foundation course in arts and crafts in Bergen after high-school where she was taught everything from painting to knitting and ceramics. During this time she developed a great interest for both painting and printmaking.
After the foundation course, she went on to further education and spent a year focusing on drawing, illustration and graphic design.
In 1994, Elin moved to Scotland to attend university and study art. She completed her degree in Fine Art at the Robert Gordon University in 1998.
Her main focus during her years of study was printmaking and she developed valuable skills in subjects like etchings, lithographs, monoprints & screen-printing during the four year university course.
Her favourite printmaking processes became collagraph and etching and her degree show was a selection of prints where she focused on combining these two processes with a nordic subject theme.
Elin moved to London shortly after her degree show in 1998 and had her first solo exhibition at the Norwegian Seamen's church in Rotherhithe, East London (in the autumn that same year).
She became a member of a few printmaking workshops in London and continued developing her print work until 2001 when she started to experiment with acrylic paints and collage on paper.
In 2003, Elin travelled to California (USA) where she stayed for 3 months painting. She was very inspired by the strong vibrant colours of the Pacific Ocean and the many art galleries and artists residing in Orange County, something which is still influencing her work today.
Upon her return, she became a member of Wimbledon art studios where she continued painting and developing her work for the next four years. It was during this time she started to paint on canvas and her interest for three-dimensional paintings came into being.
She later moved to an art studio near Chelsea Bridge where she continued working and expressing herself through art and painting.
Elin has had several exhibitions in the UK, both group and solo shows.
Her last solo exhibition was in Cork Street in March/April 2011.
Her recent work is an exploration of form, colour and composition intending to create a feeling of another dimension in her paintings.
Sculptural and geometrical modelled shapes are composed into three-dimensional abstract landscapes and spaces; representing gateways that quietly communicating the need for balance, harmony and serenity.
Elin's paintings have also been featured in a short film called Ashes 2 Ashes and her work has been sold to clients and collectors in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and USA.
Elin draw her inspiration and influences from artists such as Mondrian, Vasarely, Anuszkiewicz, Riley's, Mir˛, Johns, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Pollock, Magritte, Picasso, Dali; movements and periods like Cubism, Bauhaus, Art Decˇ, Abstract Expressionism, Kinetic Art, Op art, surrealism and minimalism in addition to nature, landscapes, the sea, trees, forest, interior design, comic books, ancient history, philosophy, technology and colour theory
The paintings are all authentic and original pieces of art. Additional information about commissioning and purchasing paintings can be found by clicking here
Elin's main focus at the moment is commissions from private and corporate clients as well as developing new works for future exhibitions.
You can discover more of Elin's artworks in Elin's Painting Gallery