Scan Magazine | Artist of the Month | Norway
Left: The philosopher: The fruit of the knowledge tree, symbolising the best in man. Right: Three Billy goats gruff: Symbolises attitude, holding on to what you believe in and humanity.
Artist of the Month, Norway
An artist with an ethical focus “I believe art has an important purpose by touching the best in people and developing an aesthetic sensitivity and ethical consciousness,” says Norwegian black-and-white artist and sculptor Øystein Bernhard Mobråten. For him, the message conveyed through his artistic expression is the most important thing. By Ingrid Opstad | Photos: Erik Borgersen Emilia Forlag and Geir Holm
For 16 years, Mobråten was absorbed in the art of Greek sculpture and classical painting as a pupil and collaborator at Rolf Schönfeld’s special school of art. Afterwards, he worked with the theories from Goethe and Steiner, focusing on colour at Finn Moes evening school while attending various courses in old painting and casting techniques at Statens Teknologiske Institutt (STI). Today, the 118 | Issue 111 | April 2018
artist works both classically figuratively and in free forms of expression. His subjects are mainly animals and dream landscapes, leaning towards the symbolic as well as the surrealistic. Several of his animal subjects are fetched from mythology and Norwegian folklore. Born in 1940, Mobråten grew up on a small former farm outside Kongsberg in
Norway. In the yard of the farmhouse, he has in recent years established a sculpture park in connection with a gallery. A visit here is like entering another world: a world of adventures, feelings, moods – a world of peace and harmony, and one where the artistic expression and masterful execution make you think of the old classical masters. A world well worth a visit. His fascination with animal sculptures and the anatomy of animals started as a hobby from an early age. In his spare time, Mobråten learned the art of stuffing birds and other creatures, and this interest led him to the Zoological Muse-
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