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Elly Prestegard



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Norway (Norge)

http://www.ellyp.com

category: Photography
technique: Fine-Art-Print


Statement:
Have courage and trust the visual language. Artists are communicating in a language that goes deep and reaches far. It can change a person, change a situation, - change a corner of the world and so on....
This is a responsibility and a challenge. It is my freedom.



Bio / Resumee / Statement:
My background:
the emerald green fjord ploughing its way through the landscape, mirroring the steep mountainsides. Mountains covered in their ermine coat a winter night, the tall peaks throwing their needle shaped shadows into the narrow valley. In the middle of the scene me and my father cross country skiing on the main road.
A fox is howling to the moon.

Sounds like a staged scene. It is not. It is the sparkling memories from my childhood, growing up in the most dramatic landscape, surrounded by people who accepted magic as part of daily life, and who were keen storytellers. Especially my grandmother Emilie had stories in her sleeve making the mystery come alive.
In the forest, surrounded by tall firs, was a pond where we used to swim. We could feel the cold streams rise from its �infinite depths�.
Every hundred year, grandmother told, there would be one night when this forest would change into a fairytale. All the cones would be lit up in the colours of the rainbow. She had not seen it herself, but her sister Otilie had. For my inner sight I recreated the wonder, counting years hoping for me to be there next time, at exactly the right night.

Today I am living in Bergen, the second biggest city in Norway, but my home is also here close to the forest. On one side of the house there is a wood of firs. This is where all the birds from the forest come picking up their goodies during winter.
In a dark autumn night I sometimes hang small coloured lanterns in the trees. This is where I live and work, and the arena for my visual storytelling. I will never stop talking with owls!

LIFE IS A CIRCLE
formed by experiences and adventures. In my life circle I face my past as the circle turns, mixing in with my instant moment.
As rings in the water the circle is broadening, containing my life; my experiences, dreams and fears. The circle is filled with content. Everything along the membrane mixes in, overlaps and arises in new and surprising combinations. This ocean of treasures is where I turn to when I am using my creative voice.
In trust and curiosity I always know that a question will find me, if I am willing to listen � BUT NO ANSWERS.
Beeing an artist no day is predictable.

Statement:
Have courage and trust the visual language. Artists are communicating in a language that goes deep and reaches far. It can change a person, change a situation, - change a corner of the world and so on....
This is a responsibility and a challenge. It is my freedom.



Activities:
see CV on www.ellyp.com

EDUCATION
National College of Art and Design, Bergen-Norway
Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London

TEACHING:
Professor at the National College of Art and Design, Bergen, Norway (1990-96) with responsibility for the department of illustration and graphic design.

REPRESENTATION
The Norwegian Cultural Council
The Art Collections of Oslo City
Bergen Art Museums collection
Nordic Printunions collection (artotec)
Nordic Artcenter, Finland
Collection of University of London
+ private collections

SOLO EXHIBITS - a selection
Art Societies all over Norway;
Bergen, Stavanger, Haugesund, Troms�, Kongsberg, Grimstad, Molde, Sandefjord, �lesund, Moss, Trondheim etc.
Art galleries in Norway:
Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo,
The Norwegian Printmakers Gallery, Oslo
Wang Kunsthandel, Oslo,
Gallery Koloritten, Stavanger,
Gallery Gann, Sandnes,
Gallery Parken, Bergen,
Gallery Allmenningen, Bergen

GROUP EXHIBITS - a selection
Gallery BECA, New Orleans "Mirror of the 21st Century" 2008
"Portraits" Gallery Voss, Norway, 2008
Statens Kunstutstilling/ H�stutstillingen-Norway
Vestlandsutstillingen-Norway
The National Museum of Art, Oslo � "humour in art" 2003
Nordic Printmakers, Jyvaskyla -Finland
Norwegian Printmakers, Poland
Nordic Print Union, Bergen-Norway
Norwegian printmakers- exhibitions in USA
Prints from Norway, Helsinki - Finland
Nordic print Union, �lborg and Copenhagen-Denmark
Saga Scandinavian Art Ltd. London

GRANTS from
Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefonds (visual artists grant)
Norwegian Printmakers Bergen municipality grant
Norwegian illustrators
Vederlagsfondets prosjektst�tte (project for visual artists)
Norwegian Cultural Council
Nordic Art Council

COMMISSIONS:
Norsk Hydro, Norwegian Shell, Norwegian School of Economics, Hospitals in Bergen and Voss, Ferries/ Molde


white
portfolio: Organic Life
Photography
Fine-Art-Print
60 x 40 cm
2009
Price: 350 Euro
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black
portfolio: Organic Life
Photography
Fine-Art-Print
60 x 40 cm
2009
Price: 350 Euro
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sunset
Painting

40 x 60 cm
2008
Price: 435 Euro
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sunrise
Painting

40 x 60 cm
2008
Price: 435 Euro
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