Norwegian Woods ANDREAS LIE
Andreas Lie is an engineering student from Haugesund, now living in Bergen, Norway. He's 25 and has found an international audience with his work, most notably with the series "Norwegian Wood" that merges portraits of Norwegian animals with the landscapes in which they live. The use of digital double exposure – a process which involves merging two unique photographs to create one piece of art - provides a unique and wonderful expression, and by using a simple idea in a new way he's quickly become a recognizable artist. Lie’s images reflect a deep appreciation for nature and the wildlife that inhabits the wilderness near his home. He is fortunate to live in a place surrounded by majestic mountains and wild spaces, which are undoubtedly an inexhaustible source of inspiration for him in his work. His unique images typically feature a single animal, set in sharp contrast to the negative space that surrounds it, and filled with images of their natural habitats. Contained within the stark shape of the animal you’ll find forest scenes, mountains, water, and other scenic vistas that are then blended seamlessly with the texture of the animal’s fur or feathers, as the case may be. Where does your inspiration come from? What made you start this animal series? I decided to start making prints for sale in late may 2014, in the beginning my first prints was of black silhouette animals with some mountain layered over it. I would rather call it texture work than double exposure. Gradually after I started experimenting with the double exposure style with people. The transition to do the same thing with animals was a natural one. I get a lot of inspiration by admiring other artists work, there are many great artists out there. But the ideas come to me while I'm in the shower, on a mountain hike or something like this. When I'm not working with it.
photo courtesy of ANDREAS LIE
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