Thomas Hestevold lives on a tiny island, Vestre Sandaøya, just outside of Tvedestrand, Norway. From his barn-converted studio, he is surrounded by nature and solitude, the perfect environment for him to create his nature-inspired sculptural works. Trees from a hike in the forest, waves from a ride on his kayak, or fields, rivers, and coastlines from a flight become mental images that serve as inspiration for work. Each piece begins as a sketch on paper, and then transforms into these paintings of interlocked panels. Abstract are sensual and heavy with the enormity of the pieces serving as immersive tool to feel the vastness of nature. The works more about an experience than any type of actual representation. In Hestevold own words, “I want to make these things that look like gestures a reflection on gestures”. Monumental and ambiguous, his works capture simple form and complex colors until we’re completely submerged.
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“I want it to be recognized and unknown at the same time. I want it to have lightness in it…The paintings should appear as a place, a site where I can be, not just something to look at.”