The exhibition A Reluctant Self-Portrait opens 30 April at TM51 gallery located in Thorvald Meyers street 51 at Grünerløkka in Oslo. Markus Brendmoe (b.1961) showcases a series of oil paintings, emotionally type of portraits inspired by the myth of the artist and the sailor, two myths pointing towards the urge of freedom and curiosity involving possible recognition of existential extremes and risk of failure. The paintings are both self-portraits and pictures of a stranger, and show a human emotional dark side on a self-introspective way, as much as descriptions of general conditions. The exhibition can be viewed until 22 Mai.
Brendmoe has previously worked with motives related to explicit expression of emotions. He is known for his exploration of painting and its history, including his series of paintings inspired by Edvard Munch’s ‘Self-Portrait with Cigarette’ from 1895. Other motives include portraits of the woman as madonna or object, as in his painting of the reality star Kim Kardashian. Brendmoes works can be found in a number of important Norwegian collections, including the Astrup Fearnley Museum, The Norwegian Bank, the National Museum and H.K.H. Queen Sonja’s art collection.