Marit Geraldine Bostad

Marit Geraldine Bostad

Horten, Vestfold County, Norway

About Marit Geraldine Bostad

The abstract colourist works and lives in Horten, Norway - with a studio based at a disused naval base, surrounded by the natural world and historic buildings that provide tranquility for her work. The impetus of her paintings is emotionally-charged. Describing her practice as a kind of therapy and a way to switch off from the flurry of conscious activity in her mind, Bostad’s feelings and expressions in her work are highlighted by their lasting impression on the viewer. The source of her abstract paintings is memories and people, whose essence she intuitively attempts to preserve on the canvas. Richly coloured and textured, incorporating layer upon layer of acrylic paint, the canvases are imbued with a fresh, youthful approach, one of positivity, reinforced by an invigorating colour palette. Bostad originally was an Art Director, with 10 years of experience working on visual projects in film, illustration and concept building in Oslo. Alongside her a commercial work, she has practiced painting, as a way to release and unwind. In 2010 Bostad left her career in Art Direction to pursue her painting full time. She has exhibited her work in Oslo, London, New York and LA - and has received substantial acclaim from curators as well as galleries throughout Europe and US, for her vibrant, strong and contemporary abstract paintings.
In April 2017 Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art picked Bostad as one of the "4 Must-See Artists" at TOAF London, out of 130 emerging artists. Subsequently, in May 2017 she gained representation at the Daniel Raphael Gallery in London. A highlight so far in Bostad’s career, only months later, was to show alongside Gary Komarin in Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery in New York in August/September 2017. Marit Geraldine Bostad, Liz Tran and Gary Komarin were presented in a group show named “Body Electric”. Madelyn Jordon curated the show and emphasized the three artists’ ability to evoke emotional responses through colour and contrasts. Summer 2018 Bostad was part of Saatchi Arts summershow En Verano in LA. She was also artist in resident at ESKFF/MANA Contemporaryin New York, summer 2018. In October 2019 she debuted at AAF London with Mint Art Gallery, and one month later she did a group show in Dubai with Treasure Trove Gallery. In November 2019 she had her biggest solo exhibition to date at the acclaimed KHÅK Kunsthall in Norway and later same year she exhibited at Scope Miami. In the middle of Lockdown 2020, Bostad participated in her third show at Madelyn Jordan Fine Art in New York City, as part of the Abstractly Speaking: Six + One exhibition, a cross-collection of seven abstract painters from 20th century post-war to current emerging contemporary artists.
In July 2020 Bostad was honored to be among the 30 shortlisted artists chosen for the Ashurst Emerging Artist’s Prize in London. In October 2020 she exhibited at Start Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London and the artist is ending 2020 with a big solo show 21. November, called Hope Island at Gulden Kunstverk in Norway. The gallery’s three floors will be filled with original paintings from her Lockdown and post Lockdown series, as well as chosen works from 2018/19.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Marit Geraldine Bostad investigates themes such as the inner psyche, memories and human interaction through her series of paintings. She blends colours by pouring paint directly onto the canvas using a variety of tools, seldom using the paintbrush - to create diverse, versatile effects with broad expressive strokes.

Marit Geraldine explores the Nordic Colour tradition in a bold new direction, blending tone to tone pastels with sparks of fluorescent, manifesting her own personal psychic state onto the canvas. She builds up and breaks down the diverse elements of her experience and brings them together in a new plastic dimension. Through this, she expresses universal archetypes that transcend the particular conditions of her own life, setting the scene for the audience to bring their own meaning to her work.

Education

Bachelor in Art Direction Westerdals, (1997-2000), BI: (1997), UIO: Psych(1996) UIO: Ex. Phil(1995)

Events

Shortlisted artist at ASHURST EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE 2020; https://www.artprize.co.uk/shortlist-2020.html

Chosen artist for the Winter 2019 Print Issue of Create Magazine, chosen by Curator of Contemporary Art at Delaware Art Museum. Link to interview: https://createmagazine.com/read/marit-geraldine-bostad

ESKFF Summer Residency at MANA Contemporary, New York July - Aug 2018. Saatchi Art made a blog post about Marit Geraldines project there: https://canvas.saatchiart.com/art/art-news/new-york-marit-geraldine-bostad-at-mana-contemporary

"BEST OF THE YEAR": Collection curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art December, 2017:https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Collage/The-Best-of-the-Year-2017/153961/218353/view

Collection curated by Evangelyn Delacare, Assistant Curator at Saatchi Art, Des 2017:
https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting/New-Abstract-Expressionist-Paintings/871991/217889/view

Nov 2017, “New Painting” 98 Artworks curated by Jessica McQueen, Associate Curator at Saatchi Art: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting/New-Painting/722504/214264/view

Nov 2017, Senior Art Critic Anna Souter picks a painting from Marit Geraldine in her curated collection: ”The Art of Christmas: Anna Souter's Top 10 Gifts” https://www.culturelabel.com/blogs/culturelabel-du-jour/anna-souters-top-10-gifts

Best of the Month October: collection curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art November, 2017: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Sculpture/Best-of-the-Month-October/153961/211400/view

Collection curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art October, 2017:
https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Sculpture/New-This-Week-10-23-2017/153961/208628/view

Collection curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art October, 2017:
“New This Week”: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Collage/New-This-Week-10-09-2017/153961/207453/view
Scarsdale Inquirer August 11, 2017: Interview about “Body Electric” in Madelyn Jordon Fine Art: http://www.geraldine.no/maritgeraldine


Press Release “Body Electric”: http://madelynjordonfineart.com/exhibition/focus/body_electric

Press Release “Deconstructed Impulses In
Constant Change”: https://www.artsy.net/show/spotte-art-deconstructed-impulses-in-constant-change

12-page interview in “Norsk Hyttemagasin” in their summer edition, June 2017:
https://www.vestfold.net/

Spotlight on Women Artists` a collection curated by Evangelyn Delacare, Assistant Curator at Saatchi Art June, 2017: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Sculpture-Drawing/Spotlight-on-Women-Artists/871991/195084/view


Artworks curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art
June, 2017:

Best of the month, June: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Collage/Best-of-the-Month-June/153961/195907/view

New This week: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Drawing-Sculpture/New-This-Week-6-5-2017/153961/187642/view

Collection (New This Week) curated by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art, May 2017: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Drawing/New-This-Week-5-1-2017/153961/182420/view

Collection curated by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art, April 2017: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Sculpture-Photography/Best-of-the-Month-April/153961/187783/view


https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Sculpture/New-This-Week-4-3-2017/153961/177503/view

Artworks curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art
April 2017:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Sculpture/New-This-Week-4-3-2017/153961/177503/view

Marit Geraldines paintings were mentioned by www.artmazemag.com REVIEW of The Other Art Fair: http://artmazemag.com/the-other-art-fair-review

Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art picked out Marit Geraldine as one of the "4 Must See Artists" at The Other Art Fair London, 2017: https://canvas.saatchiart.com/art/art-news/rebecca-wilsons-4-must-see-artists-at-the-other-art-fair-london-2017

Katherine Henning, Associate Curator at Saatchi Art Advisory curated Marit Geraldines "Old meets New" in the collection "Contemporary Abstract Expressionism", March 20 at saatchiart.com: https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Drawing-Photography/Abstract-Expressionism/685448/181500/view

Artworks curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art, March 2017:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Sculpture/Best-of-the-Month-February/153961/179496/view

Artworks curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art / Feb 13, 2017:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Collage/New-This-Week-2-13-2017/153961/173307/view

Artworks curated by Evangelyn Delacare Curatorial Assistant at Saatchi Art / Jan 18, 2017:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Drawing/Art-for-Your-Office-Lobby/871991
/169412/view

Feature: Inside The Studio, Jan 6, 2017 by Katherine Henning Associate Curator at Saatchi Art:

https://canvas.saatchiart.com/art/inside-the-studio/marit-geraldine-bostad-is-inspired-by-snippets-of-everyday-life

Artworks curated by Katherine Henning Associate Curator at Saatchi Art / Jan, 2017:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting/Artist-Marit-Geraldine-Bostad/685448/171307/view

Des 19, 2016 / CULTURE LABEL:
https://www.culturelabel.com/blogs/culturelabel-du-jour/meet-the-artist-marit-geraldine-bostad

Des 12, 2016:https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Collage-Sculpture/New-This-Week-12-12-2016/153961/167845/view

Artworks curated by Rebecca Wilson Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art / Dec 5, 2016:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Collage-Photography/New-This-Week-12-5-16/153961/165850/view

April 8, 2016:
http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/04/08/the-other-art-fair-2016-exhibition-review


Exhibitions

Hope Island (solo show), Gulden Kunstverk 30. January - 21. February 2021
Look Back, Look Forward, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art NYC, 15. January - 13 March 2021
Tides Always Turn, Auc Art London, January 2021
Fragile Beauty, The Whisper Gallery (online) December 2020 - January 2021
Start Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London, 21-25 October 2020
Shortlist Exhibition, Ashurst Artist Prize in London, 4. July - 1. November 2020
Abstractly Speaking: Six + One, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art NYC, March 9 - August 29 2020
Nordic Breeze, Artsy Solo Show with Daniel Raphael Gallery London, February 20. - March 20. 2021
Art in the Church Room, Horten Norway 14. January - 31. February 2020
December Exhibition (groupshow) at KHÅK Kunsthall Ålesund Norway, 7. Desember - 17. January 2020
Scope Miami Beach, Vogelsang Gallery, December 3 - 8, 2019
Utspring (solo show) at KHÅK Kunsthall, Ålesund Norway 2. November - 1. December 2019
Group show at The Edit Dubai, Treasure Trove Gallery, November 9-11, 2019
Affordable Art Fair London Battersea, Mint Art Gallery, 17-20 October 2019
The Other Art Fair London, 3-6 October 2019
Fall Group Exhibition, Artilleriverkstedet, 4-6 October 2019
Spring Group show, Fine Art Oslo, May 2019
Mana Decentralized at Mana Contemporary NYC, April 2019
Fresh Art Fair Cheltenham UK 26-28 April 2019, presented by Young Jamieson Fine Art
The Originals show, The Drang Gallery - Cornwall UK, April 17 - May 1, 2019
The Other Art Fair London, 14-17 March 2019
"International Women" 107 Bowers Gallery NYC, March - April 2019
Clio Art Fair NYC, 7-10 March 2019
Christmas Exhibition, Young Jamieson Fine Art Marlborough UK, Desember 2018
"Merry X-Mas" Fine Art Oslo, Desember 2018
Artist in residency at Saatchi Art Lounge TOAF Los Angeles Oct 25-28, 2018
"Curators have to eat too", Laguna Art Gallery, California 6. Sept - 28. Sept 2018
Colors from New York, Casa Vital Altea Spain, Sept 15 - Nov 20, 2018
"Made in New York" Aug - Sept 2018, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art in New York
"En Verano", Saatchi Art Gallery Los Angeles, June - Sept 2018
"Syndere i Sommersol", Galleri Fineart, Oslo June 21 - August 21 2018
The Other Art Fair Los Angeles, 15-18 March 2018
Group Exhibition Galleri Fineart, Oslo Norway, February - March 2018
Opening Exhibition Young Jamieson Fine Art, Marlborough UK, Des-Feb 2017/18
Christmas Exhibition Galleri Fineart, Oslo Norway, Des - Jan 2017/18
"Offspring" on Artsy curated by Spotte Art, 13 Januar - 13 February 2018.
Christmas Exhibition Vault Studios, Bergen Norway Desember 2017.
"Intuition" at Onishi Project Gallery New York, 12-23 Des 2017
The Other Art Fair London, 5-8 October 2017
Depth Perception, Spotteart.com (New York) Sept - Nov 2017

Deconstructed Impulses In Constant Change, Artsy Solo Show curated by Spotte Art (also feature exhibition on Artsy) Aug - Sept 2017

BODY ELECTRIC (group exhibition featuring Liz Tran, Gary Komarin and Marit Geraldine) at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, (New York), Aug 10 - Sept 16, 2017

Groupshow / Summer exhibition SMAK AV SOMMER, Fineart.no (Oslo, Norway) June 22 - Sept 15, 2017
The Other Art Fair NYC, June 2017
Group show Daniel Raphael Gallery, London April 26 - May 26 2017
The Other Art Fair London, April 2017
Affordable Art Fair Milan (Gaudi Gallery Madrid) Feb 2017
Art Apart Singapore (Gaudi Gallery Madrid) Jan 2017
Lions Slottsfjellet / Norway, Nov 2016
Edinburgh Art Fair (Gaudi Gallery Madrid) November 2016
POP-UP Galleri Tinghus, Aug 2016
Embellishment of Balderklinikken, Oslo June 2016
The Other Art Fair London, April 2016
«Note to Self», Geraldine Gallery, November 2015
Pop-up exhibition at the historical worker buildings at Karljohansvern, Sept 2015
«Gatelangs» Pop-up exhibition in Horten, June 2015
Regular team at Pikìlia Galleri og håndverk at Karljohansvern, April - Des 2014
«Come Closer» soloshow, Traktern Oct 2014
« Automn» exhibition, Traktern Oct 2011