Modern gallery in idyllic surroundings
TEXT: SYNNE JOHNSSON | PHOTO ©
After painting for 50 years, Einar Furre thought it was time to open a gallery. At a farm surrounded by tall, Arctic mountains, with a spectacular view over the fjord, he now exhibits his art at Galleri Furre in Saltstraumen, northern Norway.
It was only when Furre realised that he had way too many paintings lying around, that he decided to open up a gallery to showcase and sell his art. What makes it all so impressive is that he is entirely self-taught. “I don’t have a fine art education; I have just taught myself, but I have many years of experience,” he smiles. “I think it all started with a teacher showing a slideshow of Edward Munch’s paintings. The teacher was very into art, and he was the one who got me hooked too.”
The gallery is located at an idyllic farm, Straum Gård at Straumøya, not too far from Bodø. Furre paints on location at the gallery, and visitors can find anything from drawings to watercolour paintings. It is also possible to buy his work online in the artist’s own web shop.
“There’s a lot of variation in both techniques and motifs. My biggest inspiration is people, so there are a lot of paintings of different people; however, there is something for every taste,” promises Furre.
Among his paintings, you can find anything from black and white to bright colours, from abstract to detailed motifs, from landscapes to people. However, he does not want to say anything too specific about the paintings. “I don’t feel the need to speak about them. They speak for themselves, I think – it’s up to the viewer how they see it,” he smiles.