Born April 8, 1944 (age 66) Sweden, Nationality Norwegian
Odd Nerdrum (born April 8, 1944 in Sweden), is a Norwegian figurative painter. The style and themes in Nerdrum's work, based onanecdote and narrative place him in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of his native Norway.
Nerdrum creates six to eight paintings per year that have been categorized as: Still life paintings of small objects like bricks, portraits and self portraits whose subjects are dressed as if from some other time and place, and large paintings, allegorical in nature that present a sense of the apocalyptic, and again reference another time.
Nerdrum claims that his art should be understood as kitsch rather than art as such. "On Kitsch", a manifesto composed by Nerdrum describes the distinction he makes between kitsch and art.
Return of the Sun, 1986-1995, 41 3/4" X 63 1/2", Oil on Canvas