Gjertrud Hals’ upbringing on the little island of Finnøya is profoundly anchored in her art, and her relationship to the region’s nature and culture is deep and complex. The Nordic mythology is equally a great source of inspiration to the artist who sees a parallel to the way in which modern human beings are moving between chaos and order. Gjertrud Hals’ focuses on natural fibres that she transforms through various techniques including weaving, knitting, casting, spraying and cutting.

The high level of craftsmanship in Gjertrud Hals’ work should be seen in the light of her frequent travels to Japan and in the inspiration drawn from Zen Buddhism. Shintoism, Japan’s old nature-worshipping religion, is another important key to understanding the role played by nature in her work and the animistic dimension. Nature is not just an inspiration. Often small pieces of natural life are drawn into her works in a direct manner, such as lichen, roots and branches. Other times small found objects, such as plastic capsules and feathers, are added to her linen and paper pulp weavings Like small micro cosmoses, Gjertrud Hals’ works seem to capture the traces of life as time goes by and propose a poetic dialogue between culture and nature.

  • 2015
175 x 205 cm
Threads, fibers
Unique piece

    ARAKNE
    2015
    175 x 205 cm
    Threads, fibers
    Unique piece

  • 2015
175 x 205 cm
Threads, fibers
Unique piece

    ARAKNE
    2015
    175 x 205 cm
    Threads, fibers
    Unique piece

  • Detail
2015
175 x 205 cm
Threads, fibers
Unique piece

    ARAKNE
    Detail
    2015
    175 x 205 cm
    Threads, fibers
    Unique piece

  • Gjertrud Hals

    Born in 1948 on the northwest coast of Norway, Gjertrud Hals is considered as an important pioneer in the field of fibre art. She has been one of the redefining figures by liberating textile art from the loom and displaying it in space as three-dimensional sculpture. Her international breakthrough came in the mid-1980’s with LAVA, a series of large urns made of cotton and flax pulp that marked her transition from textile to sculptural fibre art.

    In 1987, she was granted First Prize in the Metro Arts International Art Competition in New York, followed by the Grand Prix in the Kyoto International Textile Competition in 1989.

    Her works have been acquired by private and public collections, such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Lausanne and the Bellerive Museum in Zürich.

     

    EDUCATION :

    1971-72                    SLFN, degree in Art Education

    1975-77                    SLFO, degree in Art Education

    1986-87                    Art Academy, Trondheim

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS :

    2015        Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris / Bærum Art Hall, Bærum

    2014        Himmerland Art Museum, Aars, Denmark / Kube Art Museum, Ålesund

    2012        Gallery RAM, Oslo

    2011        Rauland Art Association / Molde International Jazz Festival, Festival Artist

    2010        Ode to the roots, KMR, Molde

    2008        Kube Art Museum, Ålesund / Norwegian Forest Museum, Elverum

    2007        Vadsø Art Association, Vadsø

    2006        Gallery Heer, Oslo

    2005        Gallery Svalbard, Longyearbyen / Gallery HAV, Hustad

    2004        Gallery Heer, Oslo

    2003        Gallery III, Oslo

    2002        Trondheim Art Museum, Trondheim

    2000        Gallery Elvetun, Sykkylven / Nils Aas Art Studio, Inderøy

    1999        Gallery Barbara, Sunndalsøra / The Bjørnson Festival, Festival of International Literature, Molde

    1998        Aukra Art Association, Aukra

    1994        Gallery Åkern, Kongsberg

    1991        Levanger Art Association, Levanger

    1990        North Norwegian Art Center, Svolvær

    1989        Gallery Wang, Oslo

    1988        Molde International Jazz Festival, Festival Artist / Shæffergården, Copenhagen / Gallery F15, Moss

    1985        Møre og Romsdal Art Center, Molde

    GROUP EXHIBITION (SELECTED)

    2015        The Salon NY, New York, Galerie Maria Wettergren / PAD London, Galerie Maria Wettergren / Herfra. Kube Art Museum, Ålesund / Interwoven. Merzbau Gallery, Miami / Art in Nature. Landart in Vengedalen, Romsdal / Fattig kunst-rik arv. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo / Art Genéve, Galerie MW

    2014        The Salon: Art+Design NY Galerie Maria Wettergren / PAD London Art+Design, Galerie Maria Wettergren

    2014        The Vevring Exhibition, Vevring / Design Miami/Basel Galerie Maria Wettergren / Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger

    2012        Lost Garden, Høvikodden / Moving, Ålesund

    2011        Art in Nature, Landart in Vengedalen, Romsdal / Paper Art Exhibition, Seitenstetten, Austria

    2010        Goddesses II, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo / Knitting and Stitching Shows, London / The Holland Paper Art Biennial 2010, Apeldoorn and Rijswijk

    2009        Art in Nature, Landart in Vengedalen, Romsdal

    2005        Identity, Kube Art Museum, Ålesund

    2003        Modern Masters, Munich

    2002        Masterpieces –Capolavori, Turin / Norwegian Textile Artists 25 years, Notodden

    2001        S0FA-Sculpture Object and Functional Art, New York

    2000        International Art Festival – Art 21, Palm Spring

    1998        Cellulose, International Touring Exhibition in The Nordic Countries / 9th Triennial of Tapestry, Lódz / The Annual Exhibition for Trøndelag

    1997        Shelter, International Art Exhibition, Trondheim / International Triennial of Tapestry and Textile Art, Tournai / Norwegian Textile Artists 20 years, Oslo / Blue, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg

    1996        Flax and Linnen Biennial, Rouen and Paris / The Annual Exhibition for Northern Norway

    1995        Art -Material, Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense / International Touring Exhibition in Scandinavia and Spain

    1994        Paper Art, Gemeente Amstelveen Museum, Amsterdam / Norwegian Art, Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo / Heimdal Art Exhibition, Trondheim

    1992        Gallery “Kunst und Handwerk”, Munich / Ode de la coupe, Museum of Decorative Art, Lausanne / 3. Basketry Invitational, Michigan / Kryss-Crossing Borders, Regional Art Center, Hordaland

    1991        European Craft, Stuttgart / Crossing Borders, Gallery F15, Moss

    1991        Configura, Art in Europe, Erfurt

    1990        Nordform, art , craft, design and architecture, Malmö / Gallery Ram, Oslo / International Biennial of Paper Art, Düren

    1989        Splendid Forms, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe and New York / Nordic Textile Triennial / New Norwegian Textile Art, Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim / ITF International Textile Competition`89, Kyoto / Perspective on Paper, Maihaugen, Lillehammer

    1988        Neo Tradition, Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim / The Tactile Vessel, Touring Exhibition in USA / Textile Art 88, Maihaugen, Lillehammer / The National Annual Exhibition (Høstutstillingen) / Metro Art´s International Art Competition, New York

    1987        The National Annual Exhibition

    1986        The Annual Exhibition for Western Norway (Vestlandsutstillingen)

    1984        The National Annual Exhibition / The Annual Exhibition for Western Norway / The 3.Michoacan Int. Exhibition of Miniature Textiles, Mexico / 5th Int. Biennial of Miniature Textiles, Ungarn / The Annual Exhibition for Trøndelag

    1983        The National Annual Exhibition / The Annual Exhibition for Western Norway

    1982        The National Annual Exhibition / Nordic Textile Triennia

    1981        The Annual Exhibition for Western Norway

    1980        The National Annual Exhibition / The Annual Exhibition for Western Norway / The UKS Spring Exhibition / Art and Church, Trondheim

    1979        The Annual Exhibition for Western Norway / The UKS Spring Exhibition Oslo / The Annual Exhibition for Eastern Norway

    1975        Norwegian Contemporary Textile, Oslo Art Association, Oslo

    COMMISSIONS :

    2014        Kristiansund College

    2013        NGLMS, Otta

    2012        Teatret Vårt, Møre og Romsdal

    2009        Molde District Psychiatric Centre Knausen

    2006        Shell Administration Building, Aukra

    2004        Stabekk School, Bærum

    2002        Bjørnson Consert House, Molde / Rica Seilet Hotel, Molde

    1998        Aker Stadion, Molde / Julsundet School, Aukra

    1997        Statoil Administration Building, Tjeldbergodden

    1994        Molde University College, Molde / Frostating Court of Appeal, Molde

    1993        Brage Oil Platform

    1992        Draugen Oil Platform

    1987        Molde Church, Molde / Nord-Heggdal Chapel, Misund

    1986        Fræna School, Elnesvågen

    1986        Kleive Nursing Home, Molde

    1985        Kirkelandet Chapel, Kristiansund

    1984        Sunndal Nursing Home, Sunndal

    1983        Ulsteinvik Day Nursery Home, Ulsteinvik

    1981        Ørsta Nursing Home, Ørsta

    COLLECTIONS (SELECTED) :

    Kube Art Museum, Ålesund / Museum Bellerive, Zurich / Museum of Decorative Art, Lausanne / American Craft Museum, New York / Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania / Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Düren / The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo / The National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim / Arts Council Norway / Bob Kelly Gallery, Gothenborg / Sør-Trøndelag County Art Collection / Nord-Trøndelag County Art Collection / Møre og Romsdal County Art Collection

    Finnmark County Art Collection / Bærum Municipal Art Collection / Oslo Municipal Art Collection / Aukra Municipal Art Collection / Daiichishiko Co. Ltd. Kyoto / Aker Stadion Art Collection, Molde / Fjord 1, MRF / KS, The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities / The County Hospital, Molde / Molde University College / Ergan Coastal Defences ( World War 2 Museum), Bud

    GRANTS AND AWARDS :

    2014        BKH Exhibition Grant

    2011        BKH Exhibition Grant

    2010        Arts Councils Exhibition Grant

    2007        Arts Councils Exhibition Grant

    2004        Arts Councils Exhibition Grant

    2002        Bærum Municipal Art Prize

    2000        Arts Councils Exhibition Grant

    1989        Grand Prix, International Textile Competition`89, Kyoto

    1987        1.Prize, Metro Arts Intern. Art Competition, New York

    1998        Ingrid Linbäk Langaard Foundation / The Inadomi Foundation

    1997        The National Guarantee Income for Artists

    1992        The National Work Grant for Artists (3 years)

    1991        Rune Brynestad Memorial Legacy

    1990        Vederlagsfondet Grant

    1989        Sasakawa Foundation / Vederlagsfondet Grant

    1988        Ingrid Linbäk Langaard Foundation

    1986        Norwegian Artists Legacy

    1984        National Grant

    1981        UKS( Young Artists Association) Grant

    PUBLICATIONS (SELECTED) :

    2015        contemporarybasketry.blogspot.com/ July 2015

    2014        Textile around the World (book) / Textiel Plus, nr 228

    2010        www.ofpaperandthings.com (6.11.2010) / www.paperphine.com(june 10, 2010)

    2010        Biography in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon/World Biographical Dictionary.

    2007        Kunst for alle, nr 6( magazine).

    1997        Black Sun, Mona Bentzen, Norwegian Film Institute. (A film about the artist Gjertrud Hals).

    1997        Art textiles des pays nordiques, No tele( film/video)

    1996        Linnaissable lin, Fiber Art Synergy( film/video)

    1991        Europäisches Kunsthandwerk, LGA (book) / Configura 1, Art in Europe (book)

    1989        The tactile vessel, Erie Art Museum (book) / Kunst + handwerk, nr 4 ( magazine)

     

     

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