The website about the works of Unni Askeland, Norway’s femme fatale painter, is a news-style site showing information and ongoing news about Askeland’s exhibits and media coverage, in addition to featuring selected works and bio.
About Unni Askeland
As an artist, Unni Askeland belongs to an expressionist tradition. More specifically, her starting point was the neo-expressionist tradition of the 1980s. Unni Askeland (born 1964) graduated from the National Academy of Art, Oslo in 1991.
Her earliest paintings were distinctly figurative and dealt with personal experience – of a physical, emotional and certainly female character. Then Askeland turned her attention to death: A series of paintings named Coffins from the 1990s showed dead bodies, painted on coffin-sized canvases. Eventually, the coffins were turned into a series of abstract monochromes, in the so-called Obituaries project. The artist continued with the monochromes in a series of paintings that, though visually abstract, cast a narrative dimension through titles like Ejaculation and Only Red Wine My Dear And A Little Bit More. After a series of paintings called Cover Up, that could be classed as abstract expressionism, the artist returned to art history.
Her project Munch Adoptions, a series of paraphrases or “adoptions” of Edvard Munch’s famous “soul paintings” from the 1890s, started in 2002. A few paintings were shown together with a life size cast of the artist herself in marzipan – with the significant title Eat me. In 2004, a large exhibition in Oslo of Munch Adoptions caused a bit of a scandal. But Askeland’s pictures were not copies, but reinterpretations of Munch’s motives. The project represented a sincere wish to express some of the same themes as Munch had done more than one hundred years ago: agony and despair, love and sex – in short, human life.