Oil painting by Rolf Gjedsted no. 1
Rolf Gjedsted (1947–2022) was a prolific and successful Danish writer and artist who spent much of his childhood and artistic career living in Copenhagen. The interrelatedness of culture and writing in his work is evident throughout his career: he was a regular contributor to Superlove, a magazine borne out of the youth culture of the late 1960s, as well as working as a broadcaster producing shows on painters and authors from Degas to Gauguin, Poe to Rimbaud. Gjedsted was a recipient of two prestigious Danish awards for writing: the Aarestrup Medal (1986) and the Drachmann Scholarship (1991).
Gjedsted’s artistic work saw a number of collaborations with fellow Danish artists. Through his writing he also encountered painters Wilhelm Freddie and Per Kirkeby, the designers for several of his book covers, and with Niels Reumert, with whom he collaborated on two separate lithographic works: ‘A Wall of Fish’ and ‘The Journey to America’. His sought-after 1968 collaboration with Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen rendered Jacobsen’s chairs in Gjedsted’s trademark abstract, colourful imagery. He exhibited across Denmark, most recently in a show with Wiliam Skotte Olsen at Galerie Knud Grothe in Copenhagen. From the 1980s, Gjedsted’s artistic output increased alongside his career as a poet, a connection that is felt strongly throughout his work.
As with Gjedsted’s other works, this painting is an explosion of colour. It makes use of the same broad brushstroke articulations that helped establish his reputation, giving life and energy to abstract forms. Layered textures emerge from a central focus point in the middle of this painting, which is enhanced by the balancing of lighter tones with darker ones. Like the other piece by Gjedsted also currently available, the painter’s poetry background can be felt in the expressiveness of the piece. Taking the time to look slowly at this piece is rewarding; a longer look allows more of its compositional elements, placed in harmony with one another, to come to the surface.
- Origin: Denmark
- Era: 1990s
- Medium: Oil on board. Framed in timber.
- Condition: Very good
- Dimensions: 54W x 3D x 115H cm
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