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Inger Elise Hansen, Artist based in Oslo, Norway

Why do I paint?

There are moments in life and throughout the day that are special. Moments of beauty, moments of wisdom and reflection. Moments of joy and happiness, but also moments of anxiety, sadness, and anger. Nature possesses a unique beauty and mysticism, with colors, lines, and forms that have inspired artists throughout history – myself included. Nature serves as a metaphor for human lives and the human psyche.

When I paint in nature, attempting to capture the moment and my perception of it, it feels like meditation. The trees, reaching for the light while their roots draw strength from the soil, symbolize the cycle of life. The water and clouds are ever in motion, from tranquility to the full force of a storm. And the human being – so strong yet so fragile.

I am captivated by the fascination and curiosity that come with the process from the initial idea to the completed painting. This process allows me to draw upon what life has granted me – my personality, knowledge, and wisdom. To echo the words of the Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch, 'Art is the blood of my life.'

This is how I feel, and why I paint.


2009/2012:  Oslo Interdisciplinary Art School, Norway, full time

2012/2013:  University of Oslo, Norway, Fine Art History

2000- 2010: New York Studio School (NYSS), one week’s workshops over a period of ten years;

                    Drawing and Painting Marathons with Graham Nickson in New York and Florida

1999-2014: Independent Studies

1999-2014: Armory Art Center, Florida, yearly studies, tutors: Dennis Aufiery and

                    Painting Marathons with visiting Master Artist Workshops

2001-2000: Mosebekk School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Oslo

1998-2001: Per Herman Garman Vik’s School of Drawing and Painting, Oslo

1997-1998: Vika School of Fine Art, full time, Oslo

2003:           Honourable Mention, juried, Armory Art Center, WPB, Fl 


1980 – 84:  Bachelor degree, University of Oslo, Norway

1984 – 99:  Teacher in High School

                   Editor in “Gyldendal Norsk Forlag” (Publishing firm), Oslo,

2004:          JURIED MEMBER , NFUK (Norwegian Association of Independent Artists)

2009-2011: The Vice-President of NFUK

2013:          ARTIST GRANT , Researching "The Seminole peolpe in Florida and The National park Everglades"

2014:         "ARTIST OF ART SALON, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida




Solo Exhibitions

2023: Farsund Art Association

2022: Gallery GOTOGATE, Fornebu Culture Center

2021: Gallery GOTOGATE, Fornebu Culture Center

2021: Museum, The Old Post Office, Konsmo, Lyngdal

2021: Pop Up Exhibition, Fornebu Culture Center

2020: The Norwegian Church, Costa del Sol, Spain

2019: Gallery VolArt, Fornebu

2017: Gallery DC-9, Fornebu

2017: 2016: 2015: 2013: Open studio; «Kunst Rett Vest»

2017: Svelvik Town Hall; «Kunst Rett Vest»

2017: The Artist of the Month, Fornebu Center,

2016: Café Odonata, Fornebu,

2014: The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida;  Everglades – People and Place

2014: Oslo Open

2012: The Town Hall Gallery, Oslo

2009: Galleri Frognerveien 44, Oslo

2008: Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, ASA, Oslo

2007: Martha Mettlig Restaurant and Gallery, Oslo

2004: The Town Hall Gallery, Oslo

2004: Gallery 1897, Kristiansand


Group Exhibitions

2023: Gallery DC3, Fornebu Culture Center 

2023: Farsund Art Association

2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2018: Flytårnet Cultural Center’s Annual Juried Exhibitions.

2023, 2022, 2021, 2019, 2016: "NFUK's Annual Juried Exhibitions."

2022, 2021, 2020: Bærum Art Hall, Annual Juried Exhibitions, “Bærumsutstillingen”

2017, 2016, 2015, 2013: Annual Juried Exhibitions «Kunst Rett Vest»

2016: The Norwegian Church, Calehonda, Marbella, Spain

2015: The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, “Artists of Art Salon”

2015: Gallery Ramfjord, Oslo; Grant exhibition

2014: Spanish River Library, Boca Raton, Florida, Art in Public Places

2013: The Art Factory, Heggedal, The Voting Act Jubilee, Norway

2013, 2014: The Norwegian Church in Miami, USA

2012: Gallery H11, Oslo, “Three Generations”

2012: City Hall, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Art in Public Places

2012: Liman Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

2009: Sørlandsutstillingen, Norway

2000 - 2014: Several Art Shows in Public Places in Florida; Environment in Transition

2003: Honourable Mention, The Armory Art Center, Florida  


Various private collectors in Norway, the USA and Spain, as well as SAS Art Association, Oslo;

Elkem Art Association, Kristiansand


2023: "Riss," journal for Language and Literature, Norway

2015: Pharos Books,  "A Trip Down the Loxahatchee", Florida

2014: "ARTIST OF ART SALON", The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

2004: "The Flower Book," Lars Longa AS, Norway

2003: Mosebekk School's brochure, Norway

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