About



Lena Trydal, b 1994, Kristiansand, Norway
Currently living and working in Oslo, Norway

︎ lena-try(at)hotmail.com
︎ lenatrydal

“I create figurative and colourful paintings that investigate stereotypes and attitudes of the western world. Symbols from public debates, whether about gender, immigration, power, trends and mental health, are placed in new contexts, or combined in new ways. Portrayed in beautiful colours and clean compositions, it sometimes appears grotesque.

I want my artworks to engage with ongoing public debates. I find that there are a lot of political potential in combining loaded symbols in new ways. In this way, the painter is given the role as a creator of new visual worlds that float between reality and imagination.”



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EDUCATION


Higher:
2016–2019: University of Oslo: BA Aesthetic Studies (major: art history, minor: media studies) (Oslo, Norway)
2014–2015: Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK): Fine Arts (The Hague, Netherlands)
Spring 2014: International Workshop, Metafora: Foundation program in fine arts (Barcelona, Spain)


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EXHIBITIONS


2021 “Jeg kaller det kunst” The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo, Norway)

2018 "Nice paintings & dead(ly) fires" w/Thyra Dragseth, Arteriet (Kristiansand, Norway)
2016 "Trafo 15 år - Minifestival", Podium (Oslo, Norway)
2016 "STOPJECTIFY" Gallery Different (London, UK)
2016 "The Real Deal" GalleriNeuf (Oslo, Norway) [SOLO]
2015 "Stipendutstillingen 2015" Agder Kunstsenter (Kristiansand, Norway)
2015 "Juvenarte 2015: Artistic Trajectories" Galleri TM51 (Oslo, Norway)
2015 "Roleplay" Project VIA (Barcelona, Spain)
2015 "No One Good Language" Student exhibition, Metafora (Barcelona, Spain)
2015 "Hers, His, Yours, Theirs" Project VIA Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
2015 "Winterwolven Radicals" Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2014 "We can't Drive to Africa" Student exhibition, Metafora (Barcelona, Spain)
2014 "Am I the Walrus?" Espacio Practico (Barcelona, Spain)
2014 "Artistic Books" Untiteled BCN (Barcelona, Spain)
2012 "Tableaux Vivants" Student exhibition, Via Magenta (Pavia, Italy)


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PROJECTS


2017 Production of booklet (12 acrylic paintings) for Gard Nergaard and Michael Krumins folk album "Å Legge På Svøm".


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TALKS


2019 “Om Joakim Blattmanns “Treverk (9)” at the seminar “Klima for kritikk”, arranged by Norsk Kritikerlag. Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.
2016 Presentation of “Bikinikroppen” during the symposium TRAFO 15 ÅR. Arranged by Trafo. Podium,  Oslo.


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PRESS


2020 “Møt fem av kunstnerne som skal åpne Nasjonalmuseet” Finansavisen (31/10/2020)
2020 “Hun er kunstneren som maler kongen i helsetrøye” Fædrelandsvennen
2020 “Hun har malt kongen i helsetrøye og vil at det skal vises i offentligheten” Aftenposten
2019 "Om tilblivelse" Artist anthology, Lik Forlag. Participating Artist
2018 51K Arteriet Podcast: Lena Trydal Arteriet
2017 "Anmeldelse: Gard Nergaards & Michael Krumins - Å Legge på Svøm" Folkemusikk
2016 "Da rusmisbrukerne flyttet ut, flyttet kunstnerne inn" Aftenposten
2016 "Det biologiske spillet" - En samtale med Lena Trydal om kjønn, sex og kroppshår Antropress
2016 "Plot/TV: "The Real Deal" av Lena Trydal" Plot/TV
2015 "På 1700-tallet ville dette vært et bilde av en prostituert" KRSBY


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RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE


Nov 2019 –> 
Communications officer and editor of Kunst Pluss, Norske Kunstforeninger
2018–2019
Art critic/writer, Subjekt.no
2018–2019 Receptionist + Assistant Education, Kunstnernes Hus
2018–2019 Host + Distribution, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
2018+2019 Host + Receptionist + Administration assistant, Høstutstillingen/ The Autumn Exhibition
2013–2014 Guard, Guide, Host, Extra, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (SKMU)


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MEMBERSHIPS/POSITIONS


2020 –> Arbeidsutvalg/working committee, Kritikerlaget/Norwegian Critics Association
2020 –> Styreleder/chairman, Dollhuset Atelierfellesskap
2019 –> Member, Kritikerlaget/ Norwegian Critics´Association
2016–2019 Member and Board Member, Plot/OSLO Art club for youth


Mark


Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles