Art Fairs International Newspaper 2012
I recently had the chance to interview Inger Dillan Antonsen to find out more about her work. Jill Smith: What is your background? And when did you start painting? Inger Dillan Antonsen: I have always been interested in art, music and above all, dance. My father as a musician wanted me to play piano and viola. Dance class was out of the question as there was no such thing at that time in the little city of Bodø ( north of the polar circle). I started art school at the National College of fine Arts and Design, Oslo in 1954. I began courses in a fashion designer class and continued there until 1958. That was my mother’s wish, not mine. After several years dancing and playing classical guitar, I finally was brave enough to start painting. I took some art classes in a private art school. I so wanted to paint abstract, but I could not make it to “live”. Landscapes were safe, but I always worked and worked without telling anyone about my abstract color compositions. It took me years to make a breakthrough. JS: Your abstractions are full of rich color and subtle nuances, how did you arrive at painting this way? And what is your process in the studio? IDA: Movement is important to me, beauty and balance as well, but above all colors. It has become so much a part of me that it is impossible to explain in words. One thing is for sure, without meditation everyday, I would not be able to paint this way. When I start painting, I often go through a period of intellectual processes until intuition takes over. Then, and only then, do things start to come alive. JS: What neww directions can we expect from you in the near future? IDA: I always try to follow the direction the painting takes, and it is always exciting to see what the result will be. *
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