“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”
John Ruskin, 1859
The exhibition showcases two painters with disparate styles: Larsen’s atmospheric neo-pointillist landscapes, inspired by the Oslomarka of his backyard, alongside Yorkshire-born Schoph’s iconoclastic graphic geometries. United by a love of rock‘n’roll music, Larsen and Schoph met on the international snowboarding scene. They became known as the ‘enfants terrible’ of the sport, with Larsen being credited by Transworld Snowboarding for introducing the snowboarding world to the heavy metal aesthetic, much loved by Norwegians and the British alike.
For Larsen, the show represents a ‘homecoming. He says: “This is my first major exhibition here and it means so much to me. We both love Oslo, it’s a vibrant modern city, but you’re only a few minutes away from a calm forest or the fjord, which presents unique possibilities. I have exhibited a couple of these works internationally, but to be able to show the people of Oslo my view of our shared surroundings is extremely special.”
Schoph says: “I always listen to music while I paint and the works are named after my favourite songs. Music is an international language and it’s one of the things that Danny and I share. Having said that, we have different styles as artists. Danny tends to work in black and white, but I always work with colour, even when the themes are dark. Two childhood obsessions, stained glass and heavy metal are also present in these works. But there is no essential meaning, I do what I do and let the beholder find what they want to see. Ultimately, we have tried to make the sort of show we would both like to visit.”
This exhibition showcases the very latest works of two important contemporary artists who are also great friends with a shared goal; a constant desire to create, to challenge perceptions and to make great art.
‘Head Heart Hand’ will be open at Akersgata 1 from 7th – 22nd June. To request the catalogue and for more information please contact the gallery here