|Size:||200 x 170|
Oil on canvas. Signed at the backside: K. Nupen, Tvedestrand 1990-1992
Around 1990 Kjell Nupen's paintings changed in an exciting direction by the inclusion of more abstract elements. The paintings are not descriptions of an exact landscape, but images of experiences, expectations and perhaps anxiety. The paintings are built around geometric shapes with some mystery.
During the 1980s the people disappeared from his pictures and were replaced by motifs from nature. His later paintings are focused on themes such as quietness and belonging to or lack thereof. His references to Edvard Munch, Matisse, and Eadweard Muybridge can be seen in many of his paintings (Homage to E.M., Interiør, eksteriør and Flygende over vann) He became especially known for the colour Nupen blue. He died on March 12, 2014, from cancer at the age of 58.
Besides being a figurative painter he was a respected graphic artist. Most of his paper art is within etching, lithography and wood-block print. In this field he has worked as mentor for several other artists. His art can be found in museums and major art collections both in and outside Norway.