I finally went to see an exhibition that I’ve wanted to see all summer. The great artist Leonard Rickhard (born 1945) is regarded as one of Norway’s key living painters. This afternoon I got a review on why. The exhibition is in Arendal, at Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, and it is open until September 2nd.
As early as the seventies, Leonard Rickhard had created his own painterly universe where dense birch forests, building sites and vast arrays of machinery were combined with detailed renderings of machine parts and model fragments, all in a carefully calculated mathematical perspective. Over the years these subjects have been challenged, problematized and recontextualized by the artist, but never abandoned. Within the framework of his persistent effort with painterly issues, Rickhard has thus formulated a precise and consistent oeuvre that is constantly able to redefine itself.
The exhibition contains mainly new oeuvres, and places Rickhard’s art in a contemporary international context, and shows how the experience of his oeuvre is as relevant today as it was forty years ago.
Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall is a perfect gallery for this exhibition, and it was a perfect place to spend some time today!