New exhibition at the Trygve Lie Gallery in New York

Trygve Lie Gallery will present two Norwegian artists in a winter exhibit sure to warm the heart. Elin Halvorsen will be exhibiting painted abstract quilt works together with Ingun Dahlin’s figurative ceramic sculptures.

You are cordially invited to the opening reception on Thursday Nov. 5, 6-8 pm. This is the first time either of the artists exhibits in New York.

Ingun Dahlin was raised on the west coast of southern Norway and the ocean winds and colors are still present in her work. By working in the rough texture of stoneware the artist is physically creating life from earth and this life has a need to express itself. Her unique stoneware figures are well known for their ambiguous expressions containing both joy and melancholy. They hold a quiet knowledge to share with the viewer. Dahlin wishes for the clay to speak a rich, non-spoken, silent language – telling us about life, wondering, longing, quiet humility, desire and wishes.

Dahlin received her BFA from the National School of Arts and Craft in drawing and ceramics and later studied tapestry at the National School of teaching. She works full time as a ceramic sculptor and exhibits frequently in Norway and Scandinavia

Elin Halvorsen’s tapestries also convey a silent language through the carefully processed, painted and selected pieces of fabric in her quilts. Being a self taught artist, her process started out in traditional mediums that slowly developed into her own unique techniques. Beginning at age 14 her mother taught her how to use the sewing machine and she started making her own clothes and later learned quilting. Years later while living on a Spanish Island, colored cotton fabric was hard to come by and she started painting white cotton to create the colors she wished to use. She paints with brushes, sponges and her hands. The exiting result inspired her to use her previous quilting knowledge in new ways, now to create art. At the same time she discovered how to sew curvy lines successfully. Her creative process consists of layers of sewing, panting and viewing.

Halvorsen has previously exhibited in Norway and Canada where she currently lives and works.

The Trygve Lie Gallery is located at The Norwegian Church in New York, 317 East 52nd Street, betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.

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