Anne-Karin Furunes finished her artistic studies in Oslo and Trondheim and her architecture studies in London and Copenhagen.
For her paintings, Furunes uses pictures of unknown people, which helps her investigate on the concepts of personality and identity. On those faded physical features, she looks for the evanescent traces of the forgotten lives and personalities slipped away from history books.
On a more extensive level, her works evoke the flow of history and of the human being that belongs of it. In her latest works the subjects chosen by the artist are natural elements.
At a first glance the canvas is full of hundreds of concentric holes of different dimensions; only when the observer steps away from the painting he or she is able to notice a face and a landscape.
At first, it is just an allusion of the portrayed image, then, while stepping away from the canvas, the characterization of the representation becomes more clear. She has carried out a series of artworks for the Norwegian government and has held solo shows in Europe, Canada and in USA.
© ANNE-KARIN FURUNES, by SIAE 2023
exhibition catalogue edited by Tornabuoni Arte. Text by Rachele Ferrario. B/w and colored illustrations, 96 pages, 9,4×11,8 in, Italian/English, 2018.