Lars Strandh

Curiosity is probably the main force for me to make my next painting. How will one experience the painting if it is the same size but a bluish black instead of red? What if the painted field was a slightly larger or smaller or wider – or a different size of the canvas and the same size of the painted field? Instead of a bluish black a darker red? What if I put two canvases together – or three?
The only way to experience the differences is to make a new painting with those changed qualities. So I do.


Lars Strandh was born in 1961 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

He graduated 1997 from The Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway, where he also lives and works.

Lars Strandh has showed widely throughout Europe and USA. 2015 includes shows in the Scandinavian countries, Germany, France, Belarus, Australia and USA.

Strandh has received several commissions and his works are to be found in many public and private collections. He has received several grants and was in 2007 awarded with the Norwegian Government’s Guaranteed Income for Artists.

Strandh has become known for his atmospheric multi layered color paintings “developed” out of thousands of horizontal thin brush strokes. In the last years he has continued to expand the color palette of his paintings, which at first glance can appear to be, but not are, monochrome. His work emanates a stillness that invites contemplation but also reflection in a perceptual and/or metaphysical way.



1996-1997, Master-Student at The National Academy of Fine Arts, OsloThe National

1992-1996, Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo (Spring 1995 Ecole Superieur d´Art, Bourges, France)

One-person exhibitions (selected out from more than 45):       

2015, ”Recollections from the north”, Factory 49, Sydney Australia

2015, ”Recollections from south west”, Galleri Gann, Sandnes, Norway

2015, ”Lars Strandh à l’honneur chez Radial ”, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg, Frankrike 2015, ”Behind the Horizon”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus

2014, ”Behind the Horizon”, Vitebsk Art Museum, Vitebsk, Belarus
2014, ”Behind the Horizon”, Siauliai Art Gallery, Siauliai, Lithuania

2014, ”Behind the Horizon”, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia

2014, ”Night Visions”, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

2014, ”Trace Elements”, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

2014, ”Exsisto”, Akerus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway

2012, ”Being there”, Galleri Dag Andersson, Norrköping, Sverige

2012, ”Kind of blue”, Galleri Åkern, Kongsberg, Norway

2012, ”Simpicité Complexe” Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

2012, ”It’s all about the sea”, Galerie Provence, Vadum, Denmark

2012, ”Side by side”, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany (with Manfred Jäger)

2011, Galerie Oijens, Gothenburg, Sweden

2010, ”Hidden Places”, Buderup Ødekirke, Denmark (with Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen)

2010, Åminne Bruks Museum. Värnamo, Sweden

2009, Galleri LNM, Oslo, Norway

2009, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

2009, Galerie Schlegl, Zurich, Switzerland

2009 Galleri Gann, Stavanger, Norway

2008, Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo, Norway

2008, Haugesund Billedgalleri, Haugesund, Norway,

2007, 2003, Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm, Sweden

2007, Galleri Åkern, Kongsberg, Norway (With design from Ron Arad, Verner Panton, Alvar Aalto),

2006, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2004, Studiogalerie Kaditzsch, Höfgen, Germany

2004, 2002, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

2004, 2001, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

2003, Gothenburg Art-association, Gothenburg, Sweden

2001, Tromsø Art-association, Tromsø, Norway

Group-exhibitions (selected out from more than 100):  

2015, ”Capetillo/Tegtmeier/Strandh”, Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Vrå, Denmark

2015, “Mostly Monochrome“, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany

2015, -14, -13, -12, -11, -10, “ART KARLSRUHE ”, Germany, (Galerie Renate Bender)

2015, “4th Anniversary Show“ NoOSPHERE Arts, New York

2014, “After ST-art“, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg. France
2014, -13, -12, -11, -10, -09, “ART MIAMI”, (Galerie Renate Bender)
2014, -13, -12, “ST-art”, Strasbourg, France (Radial Art Contemporain)
2014, “Faszination FARBE “, KUNSTHAUS Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
2014, “Blottr “, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
2014, “Summer Exhibition“, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

2014, ”3 years + 3 days”, NOoSPHERE GALLERY, New York, USA

2013, -12, “ST-art”, Strasbourg, France (Radial Art Contemprain)

2013, “The assemblance of presence”, Galerie Wenger, Zurich

2013, “Art Copenhagen”, Denmark, (Radial Art Contemprain)

2013, “The Medium’s Session”, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TE, USA

2013, ”Gold – Exhibition of  the Collection”, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia

2013 “Art Paris“, France (Galerie Renate Bender)

2013, -12, “Lille Art Fair“, France (Radial Art Contemporain

2013, ”A house full of friends”, NOoSPHERE GALLERY, New York, USA

2012, “Open studios”, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TE, USA

2012, ”After ST Art”, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

2012, “Zeitgeist  Open Studio“, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

2012, -11, -10, -09, “ART MIAMI”, (Galerie Renate Bender)

2012, Galleri Gann, Sandnes, Norway

2012, “International Mark Rothko 2012”, Daugavpils Museum for Regional Studies and Art, Latvia

2012, “Non-Figurativ“, Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2012, ”To be looked at…,Close to…”, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2012, ”L’été chez Radial” Radial Art Contemprain, Strasbourg, France

2011, Appartement d'un collectionneur II”, Galerie Gimpet et Müller, Paris, Frankrike

2011, “White – Hot”, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

2011, -10, ”Art Santa Fe”, New Mexico, USA, (Galerie Renate Bender)

2011,  “Cheekwood nights”, Cheekwood museum of art, Nashville, TE, USA

2011 “Northstars, White”, Gallery .NO, New York, USA

2011, “Punkt–Linie–Fläche", C.Wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2011, “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt",

          Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), USA

2011, ”Therely Bare“, AVA Gallery, Chattanooga, TE, USA

2010, ”Winter”, Galerie Schlegl, Zürich, Schweiz

2010, “Monochromes II“, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany

2010, ”Summer Special”, Galerie Schlegl, Zürich, Schweiz

2010, “Viennafair ”, Vienna, Austria, (Galerie Renate Bender)

2010, 2009, 2008, Galerie Provence, Vadum, Denmark

2010, “2. Internationaler André-Evardpreis“, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel, Germany

2009, “Kunst 09 Zurich”, Switzerland, (Galerie Renate Bender)

2009, “What's out there? “, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany

2009, “Von der Poesie des Geometrischen“, Neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany 

2009, “Group show “, Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm, Sweden

2008, -07 -06 -05 -04 –03 “Geometric Abstraction ”, Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 ”Gallery Selections” Galleri Tapper-Popenmajer, Teckomatorp, Sweden

2008, “To Be Looked at… “, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2008, “International Art Exhibition Nord Art 2008“, Büdelsdorf, Germany

2008, “Ausdruck, Position, Spuren“, Kunstverein Wiligrad, Lübstorf, Germany

2008, “Dialogues“, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA         

2008, “Surfaces – an exhibition about monochromatic paintings”, Galleri F15, Jeløy, Norway

2008, “Singular“, Luxe Gallery, New York, USA

2007, “Fourth Annual International Juried Exhibition“, The Shore Institute of   the Contemporary

          Arts, New Jersey, USA (Curator Ben Goldman)

2007, “Konstruktive Tendenzen“, Museum Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt, Germany 

2006, Galerie von Waldenburg, Waldenburg, Germany

2005, "Paint it Black", The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

2005, ARTEFACT Pardo Gallery, Zürich, Schweiz       

2004, "Luminous Recurrence", The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch,

           New Jersey, USA, (Curator Linda Palaez)         

2004,-03,-02,-01,-00,-99, "Norwegian Paintings", Oslo Townhall Gallery, Norway      

2002, “Concrete, Non-figurative paintings in Norway 1920-2000”, Lillehammer Art Museum, 

           Bergen Art Museum and Trondheim Art Museum, Norway       

2001, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

2000 "G. Keyt Int. Artist Camp 2000", The National Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Scholarship and Grants:

2014, “The Blom Grant”, The Artists Association, Norway

2012, -10, -06, 1999, The Foundation of Ingrid Lindbäck Langaard      

Norwegian Government guaranteed income for artists since 2007

2007, -02, 1997, The Department of Cultural Affairs Exhibition-grant  

2006, -01, -00, 1999, -97, Artists’ Consideration Foundation     

2002-05, The Norwegian working-grant for 3 years      

1996, The Foundation of Thv. Eriksen   

1995, Erasmus Scholarship for Studies at Ecole Superieur D´Art, Bourges, France   

Larger Collections and Public Commissioned Arts (selected):  

2015, Telenor Art Collection, NOrway

2012, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia

2012, Sammlung Maximililan und Agathe Weishaupt, Munich, Germany

2011, Gothenburg Municipality Arts Committee, Sweden

2010, Värnamo Municipality Arts Committee, Sweden

2009, Sammlung Hupertz, Hamburg, Germany

2008, Museum Haugesunds Billedgalleri, Haugesund, Norway

2007, Museum Forum Konkrete Kunst,  Erfurt, Germany        

2006, The Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway   

2004, The National Road-department, Norway 

2003, The Swedish Art-Council  

2002, The Norwegian Culture-Council   

2000, STATOIL, Norway

2000, The National Foundation for Public Commissioned Arts, Norway          

1996, County Council of Östergötland, Sweden            

Bibliography (selected):

“Behind the Horizon”, catalogue, edited by Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia, 2014

 “Zwischen Konstruktion und Reduktion 2”, catalogue from Sammlung Hupertz, 2012

“International Plein Air Mark Rothko”, catalogue Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia, 2013

“Lars Strandh” catalogue editied by Galerie Renatae Bender, 2012

”It’s all about the sea”, catalogue editied by Galerie Provence, 2012

“Lars Strandh: New Works on Linen”, Nashville Scene, 10.12.2009

“Lars Strandh, New works on linen”, catalogue 2009

”Galeri Provence”, catalogue 2009

”Galleri Semmingsen 10-år”, catalogue 2009

“Lars Strandh”, catalogue 2008

“Nord Art 2008“, catalogue, 2008

“Ausdruck, Position, Spuren“, catalogue ISBN 978-91-633-2766-7

”Open Studios”, Artefact Pardo Gallery, (book) ISBN 0615130216, 2007

”Konstruktiv Tendens, 25 år“, catalogue, 2006 ISBN 978-91-631-9867-0

“Farger og speilinger”, Dagbladet, 30.04.2006

“Paint it black now on exhibit”, Asbury Park press, 12.05.2005

“A show where light is very heavy”, New York Times 19.12.2004

“Lars Strandh“, catalogue 2003

”Konkret. Nonfigurativ kunst i Norge 1920-2000”, catalogue