Meet the Lovely and Oh-So-Talented Artist Kristine Skadberg Hasseløy!
We had a chat with artist Kristine Skadberg Hasseløy! This sweet woman shared with us some of her work and her thoughts around creating art. For the most time she customizes paintings for peoples homes - and as you will see in the photos below - they’re absolutely beautiful.
When did you first get into art?
As a young girl I joined an art contest with a newspaper. I worked really hard on my drawing, and I won. It made me realize I could make something beautiful that would bring joy to others. Then, when I was about fifteen and no longer wanted to spend my summer holiday traveling Europe with mom and dad, I suddenly had the house and entire garden all to myself. That summer I decided to use all of it as my workspace. I had so much fun and made a hundred different artworks during a few weeks time. In the end of that summer I rented the walls on a local restaurant and sold my art in a public place for the first time. Later I studied art history at uni and I’ve been practicing painting ever since.
How would you describe your way of painting?
It’s the ambiance that I’m after. I use layers and layers of painting, and then sometimes remove layers. I need contrasts and balance. Clouds, waves, and the embrace of a loving person has been repeating itself, other then that I don’t necessarily look for images. It’s more an attempt to make the viewer find some kind of rest when they lay their eyes on it. There was a poster in a friends home saying "Whatever is true, noble, authentic, compelling, gracious — the beautiful, think on these things." I like to make beautiful things, and I want to share them.
What inspires you when creating art?
I no longer wait for inspiration, I just have to make the water run, the brush move, and the colors will start dancing.
Who’s your favorite artist?
Lately I’ve been reading about Helen Frankenthaler. I really like what she did. Another inspiring artist I like to follow on social media is Ty Nathan Clark.
What made you get your own studio and how has that journey been so far?
As I like to work on several canvases simultaneously, I quickly realized I needed a space. The larger the better. However, even though I have a great place to work doesn’t necessarily make it a good place for people to come and see my art. So to make it possible to show my paintings in nice surroundings, I’ve also rented different spaces for exhibitions and pop up shows this year. I like to move my stuff around a little, in order to experience new rooms and connect with different kinds of people.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when creating a new piece?
I often start with smaller sketches, or I photograph things that I find interesting and look at it as inspiration. It’s different from time to time. I don’t have a routine, but it’s normally very playful in the beginning. I have to start moving and I have to create balance.
Do you sometimes get stuck working on a piece? If so, what do you do?
I leave it for a while, sometimes take it home to see if I can figure out what’s missing, or if there is anything I should get rid of. When the light changes in a room it’s sometimes easier to see what I like and don’t. Also, photographing a painting and adding filters just to see how it changes can help if I get stuck.
When you’re not spending your time painting, what do you like to do?
Being around my family, exploring and spending time with my friends. Also, I like any experience that involves great food.
Can you tell us the story behind one of your pieces?
I struggled with a painting the day before a show last year. And I really wanted to finish it, but just couldn't seem to get it right. I dared to erase some of the parts that I thought would save me, and managed to find a whole new composition. It was there all along, but I had to highlight it differently. Intuition sometimes works better than staying with the original plan.
What’s your favorite piece of art made by yourself or others?
This morning when I woke up, the house was still quiet. I put the kettle on to make coffee and went to sit down with my two sleeping children. I heard them breathe. Sun was already up, and it lit up my sons blond, messy hair through the window. To me that whole situation felt like I had been given a beautiful piece of art. I completely forgot about the coffee, I had to be in it to experience it. And the clouds, they can put on quite an art show.
Finally, where do you see yourself in five years?
My head is full of dreams and plans. I also try to appreciate the place I’m in right now. There’s an old hymn that I like. The lyrics goes like this:
"To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day"
That’s my hope for the next five years right there.
Written by Jonas Stefan