Charlotte Engelhaarts is best known as a painter, but her work also includes video installation. She studied at The National Academy of Fine Art in Bergen Norway from 1996-2001 and is a member of several artist organizations: NBK, UKS and LNM. Her works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Norway as well as in Europe and belong to numerous public, corporate and private collections. Engelhaart lives and work at Nesodden, just outside of Oslo
My work is oriented towards humanity and how painting can reveal something about human identity, nature and history. In that both of my parents were orphans and grew up without family, I found myself early on in my life looking for roots and the sense of belonging. The secrets around my unknown relatives, their lives and persona made me look for stories behind the random faces staring at me from photographs. The human gaze became my inspiration and a way into representative painting.
My identity as a painter is located between figuration and abstraction. The human expression in dialog with the complexity of a painted surface has been a conceptual cornerstone for most of my career as an artist. The motifs in my pantings are taken from different sources, such as private familiealbums, newspapers, films or the internet.
When the mystery of a human image merges with the abstract poetry of painting, new and untold stories arise beyond the visible surface. In the context of our contemporary mass communication my commitment to the visual language of paint serves for me as a way to silence the mind and comprehend questions about life and humanity. The viewer does nor only perceive an immediate visual experience, but is also left to process the complexity of mankind in a frozen moment in time.
I think of the way I work as a love affair, a place fed from human nature, unfolded by paint.
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Phone: 0047 92045025
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 #surfingbloodlines. Gulden Kunstverk. Steinberg. Norway.
2017 Concealed in the eyes of the one that looks. Nesodden Art Association, Norway
2016 Love affair. Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg. Norway. Catalogue.
2014 New Paintings. Galleri Skallum. Norway
2013 House of pleasure . Gulden Kunstverk. Norway
2012 Cultur Fondation Fengselet. Norway
2012 Fredrik Stabel&Newspaper house. Norway
2011 Galleri Cornocopia, Oslo.
2011 Gulden Kunstverk. Norway
2010 Galleri Falkum. Skien. Norway
2009 Halden Art Association. Norway
2005 Galleri Roenland, with Helene Blumenfeld,
SELECTED COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2020. Oslo Arthall. Oslo
2019. “Best of 1999-2019” MIA. The museum in Akershus/Avistegnernes hus
2017 Gallery Fineart, Oslo
2015 The elected. Gulden Kunstverk. Norway
2014-02 Jølster museum, Norway
2012 Infantellina gallery, Berlin. Germany
2008 Molde Art Association. Norway
2007 Inside-out, Galleria Lallihome, Varenna, Italy
2006 Haugesund Art Association. Norway
2006 Camaver Kunsthaus, Sondrio, Italy.
2006 Scandinavian Art. Camaver Kunsthaus, Lecco, Italy
2003 My God, My God. Jacob culturchurch /Sørlandets Art Museum. Oslo.
2002 Biennale Syd. Sørlandets Artmuseum. Kristiansand.
2002 Jetlag Mambo, CAGC Centro Galego the arte Contemporanea. Spain.
REPRESENTED IN COLLECTIONS AND PUBLIC COMMISSION
Bergen Cultur and Congress AS Norway
Trysilbygg AS. Norway
Betanien Hospital, Skien, Norway
Statoil Norge AS
The Norwegian State, Public Roads Administration. (the security prize)
The Norwegian State. Norwegian Foundation Authority. Norway
The Cultur Foundation Fengselet, Norway
Telemark Hospital. Norway
Galleri Falkum collection. Norway
Hospital Buskerud, Kragerø.Norway
Arnfinsens collection, Norway
The Norwegian State, Norwegian Foundation Authority.
Gulden Kunstverk collection, Steinberg. Norway
Hospital Buskerud HF. Drammen. Norway
Jølstramuseet/Jølster Museum Sogn og fjordane. Norway
Hospital HF, Vestfold. Norway
Orkla ASA, Stabburet. Norway
Sullaud Art Association. Norway
Portrait assigment. Painting. Privat colletion
OPUS 23, Videoinstallation. Project support, Sveio municipality
P:UNKT. Women voices. Videonstallations on stage. Akershus Theater.
Exhibition grant. Norwegian council.
NBK Norwegian Association for Visual Artist
UKS Young Artist Society
LNM Norwegian Painter Association