Photograph by Bjørn Vervik

Photograph by Bjørn Vervik

About the artist

Stian Heimlund Skjæveland (born 1973) is a representational painter and sculptor.

He lives and works in Jørpeland, Norway.

In 2016, the artist completed the large scale public sculpture Solspeilet (The Norwegian Stonehenge). The work stands on a small island outside Jørpeland city close to the Pulpit Rock in Western Norway and resembles an Egyptian pyramid surround by twelve large scale stones. The pyramid is constructed from stainless steel and measures eight meters in height.

Inspired by the horizon, geometry and the tension between light and darkness he approaches the creation of art with the mindset of «in the darkness I find, in the light I create». Skjæveland is known for his narrative landscapes and figurative compositions rooted in the baroque and romanticism.

His formal training is from Kunstskolen i Bergen, Merkantilt Institutt and Tegne- og maleskolen i Bergen. After finishing his formal education Skjæveland independently studied the old masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velazquez, Goya and Turner. In a Norwegian context, the mystical landscape visions by Lars Hertervig have been carefully examined.

As a creator of pictorials for more than two decades, the artist’s works have been acquired by the Mayor’s Office in Strand, Norway as well as by a wide range of commercial enterprises and private collectors.

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