I believe that people in our modern day and age need to experience some form of positivity on a regular basis to counteract stress and other negative effects from environment and media. I wish to give my audience positive experiences of recognition and authenticity. This through the viewing of my figurative art where I portray authentic human feelings and character, where high quality is one of the requirements I set myself . I believe that when we identify ourselves with something beautiful and authentic, we increase the understanding of our self, which may lead to an increased sense of tolerance and empathy for our fellow human beings.
Through my art I aim to affect people on a deeper level. I aim to choose themes that stimulate reflection and choose topics based on life itself. By imparting my own authentic experiences I find it easier to affect people.
I paint people expressing their character, revealing their inner qualities and the material they are made of. I look at what their expressions and moods are telling me. In so doing, I act like a mirror to the person I paint, but my painting also becomes a mirror for those who see it and are affected.
Recognition is a vital need that lies deep within all of us. Even an infant has the ability to recognize its mother's face and show recognition with its facial expression and body language.
I choose to express myself classically figurative, so my audience can experience the touch of recognition.
My whole life I have been fascinated by how the great masters were painting. For me, it's natural to learn from them and build on their knowledge.
Mastering my craft is an important goal in my life. I always strive to increase my skill enhancing my ability to make true expressions with an open mind. This is a joyful challenge in my art.
I have always worked with art and culture. I started early on drawing, writing plays, performing, singing and playing piano. I chose an academic education as a musician and worked as a pianist and educator for many years. Eventually, painting became my main form of expression. I also work with sculptures in soapstone, I write short stories, fairy-
I have studied art with several renowned artists. The three who have meant the most to me are the artists Per T. Lundgren, Jan-
• Solo exhibitions in Norway, Sweden and Germany, a.o. in Asker, Ullensaker, at Gallery Quirinus (Köping/Sweden), the Elisabeth Clinic in Berlin with support from the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin.
• Several juried group exhibitions, a.o.: ABK Autumn Exhibition, Romeriksutstilingen, Sørlandsutstillingen and NFUK's National Exhibitions, Rælingenutstillingen.
• Exhibited in several art associations, a.o.: ABK's -
• Exhibited in several galleries, a.o.: Gallery Annekset in Stavern, Gallery OMK in Oslo, Gallery Jessheim, Gallery Vera in Drøbak, Gallery Langhuset in Langhus, Sandbekkstua in Rælingen.
Here is a link to a short video presentation of some of my works:
My home page: http://www.dijkmanske.no/Galleri/