Artist of the Month : Lykke Frydenlund

Dec 1, 2021

Lykke Frydenlund (1951) is an experienced artist who has been a member of Tegnerforbundet since 1970. Frydenlund's artistic practice has included work with architecture, where she has worked with color in both interiors and exteriors. These architectural experiences are reflected in visual art where the artist explores the boundaries between art and architecture. Lines, shape, colors and surface are the supporting visual means used to create rhythm, repetition and space in the visual surface. Without figurative references or attempts to recreate natural forms, Frydenlund's art can be categorized as concrete art. They are designed and constructed for their own sake. Frydenlund has his education from the Norwegian School of Crafts and Arts and has been purchased by, among others, the National Gallery, Oslo Municipality's art collections and the Norwegian Cultural Council. Lykke Frydenlund was born, lives and works in Oslo.


TF: Lykke, can you tell us a little about your artistic work?

LF: Paper and pencil have mainly been my forms of expression for all these years and have therefore been the dominant technique in a number of exhibitions, both separate / collective and group exhibitions. I have carried out several decorations with pencil on paper, in addition I have also carried out several private decoration assignments of digitally processed drawings laminated in glass and on aluminium. I was and am fascinated by the pencil's encounter with the paper and all these simple tools can convey expressions. My idiom in drawing has previously been figurative with an analytical approach to the object, where I was concerned with conveying the intersection between the meticulously naturalistic and the abstract. In recent years, my subject matter has detached itself from the naturalistic and imaginative motif.


TF: How do you use drawing in your work? Tell us a little about your work process!

LF: I use drawing in my work both as a sketching tool and as independent expression. In my drawings, I use different types of pencils in different degrees of hardness and oil pastels, and sometimes gouache. I mostly work on paper, but to a lesser extent also on other materials. I experiment with different types of paper, but always come back to a slightly hard and smooth paper on which most of my drawings are done.


TF: What inspires you? Do you work based on a theme?

LF: As a visual artist, for many years I have also worked with the coloring of architecture, both exterior and interior, including concept development of colors and materials. In this connection, in recent years I have worked with architectural elements in my drawings, with a particular focus on space and form. The experiences from my work in architecture are brought into the intimate format and to the tactile paper. In the drawings, I combine elements of repetition and rhythm. Expressions arise that give experiences in the span - or - tension between these. I work with dimensions and different values, where a small change or displacement can have major consequences.


TF: What are you currently working on?

LF: I work with a series of slightly smaller drawings where I further develop and articulate my visual language. In my drawings, structure, line, shape and color become the meaning-bearing expression where variation and wonder arise in a structural context; "what never took place also leaves its mark".


TF: What does drawing mean to you / your work?

LF: I have always drawn. Drawing is the foundation and nerve of all my artistic activity. Be it sketches as notes of thoughts and ideas, or independent works.


TF: Tell us about your work in the Tegnerforbundet's sales department?

LF: The drawings in the sales department are made with pencil and oil pastel (Sennelier) on paper (Shollershammer 4G, acid-free). The drawings are framed and have non-reflective glass.


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